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Karel Ancerl - Smetana, Beethoven

Smetana / Beethoven / Ancerl
Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 7015  
Composer:  Bedrich SmetanaLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Documentary: "Who Is Karel An?erl?"

In the year of the centenary of the birth of Karel An?erl, one of the most distinguished conductors of the 20th century, this DVD is an invaluable and authentic document of magnificent artistic achievement and a turbulent life. The recording of the opening concert of Prague Spring 1968 captures An?erl’s performance of Smetana’s My Country with the Czech Philharmonic which – over the 18 years he was at the helm – he managed to transform into one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. An?erl’s "harvest" of the fruit of many years of diligent work was in fact also the beginning of his leave-taking from his orchestra, as well as his homeland itself. At the time of the
Read more Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 the conductor found himself in Toronto. Save for a single guest appearance in Prague in 1969, he was never to return to his country. The second filmed concert shows An?erl in action in 1966 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the outstanding Polish violinist Henryk Szeryng performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. The 1968 documentary is a unique encounter with Karel An?erl. This compact picture of his true personality is supplemented by a comprehensive booklet containing a plethora of fascinating and not generally known biographical information.
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Works on This Recording

Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 

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