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Karel Ancerl - Britten, Eben, Seidel, Borkovek, Kalabis


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3944   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenVaclav DobiasViktor KalabisIlja Hurník,   ... 
Performer:  Eric ShillingVáclav SnítilVikterie SvihllikovaFrantisek Rauch,   ... 
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraCzech Singers ChorusKuhn Children's Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the conductor Karel Ancerl the “final word” remains to be said within the Ancerl Gold Edition. The four CDs sum up the work of Ancerl’s contemporaries, with the exception of Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, that of Czech composers. The set bears unprecedented witness to the 1950s and 1960s, the period when the Communist powers decided on taste and composition trends, and when the criterion for acceptance or rejection of a work was its “mass appeal” and the degree of consonance with the “Socialist Realism” style. The excellent Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with its internationally sought-after conductor is here involuntarily in the services of propagandist kitsch (Dobiáš’s Read more cantata “Build Up Your Country to Reinforce the Peace”, Kapr’s panegyric cantata “In the Soviet Country”). However, concurrently originating were also a number of recordings of remarkable works by composers who were able to withstand ideological pressures. Alongside folklore inspiration (evident, for example, in the ballet “Ondráš” by Ilja Hurník and Seidl’s oboe concerto), neoclassical influences and “genetic” linkages to the work of Janácek, Dvorák, Suk and Novák were still palpable, while also present was the seeking of a singular and contemporary musical language (Eben, Borkovec, Kalabis). Paradoxically, today’s young composers could envy their counterparts of half a century ago – many a time their compositions experienced paramount concert performance and recording within a short time from the last note drying out in the score. The 4 CD set mapping the post-February 1948 Czech compositional scene rounds off the Ancerl Gold Edition – a testimony of an epoch of our modern musical history. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Eric Shilling (Narrator)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 1946 
2.
Build your country, strengthen peace by Vaclav Dobias
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Singers Chorus,  Kuhn Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950 
Date of Recording: 5/24/1951 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 17 by Viktor Kalabis
Performer:  Václav Snítil (Violin)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1962 
4.
The Four Seasons by Ilja Hurník
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1954 
5.
Ondras by Ilja Hurník
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1956 
6.
Concerto for Oboe by Seidl
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1956 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 3 by Ivan Jirko
Performer:  Vikterie Svihllikova (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957-1958 
Date of Recording: 1961 
8.
Concerto for Piano by Petr Eben
Performer:  Frantisek Rauch (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1961 
Date of Recording: 1/1963 
9.
Symphony no 2 by Pavel Borkovec
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
Date of Recording: 1957 
10.
In the Soviet Land by Jan Kapr
Performer:  Jan Soumar (Bass)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 6/1951 
11.
The Nightingale and the Rose by Julius Kalas
Performer:  Géza Novák (Flute)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Singers Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956 
Date of Recording: 9/12/1960 

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