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Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba / Mackerras, Vienna PO


Release Date: 07/06/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 410138   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Mackerras gives [the opening of Taras Bulba] a shapely, defined form. He is helped in this by the sharper, more clearly proportioned digital recording... The second movement, "The Death of Ostap", is splendidly played, with the Vienna violins snapping out the marcato figures in ideal unity and with almost percussive impact yet no loss whatever of tone... Mackerras scores...partly in the greater clarity of the recording, but also in the style in which he approaches Janacek.

And this is in general less overtly lyrical, however strong and charged the emotion within those fierce gestures. In the Sinfonietta, for instance, one might generalize by suggesting that Kubelik emphasizes the Dvoákian background, while
Read more Mackerras looks forward to Stravinsky... Mackerras punches the rhythm out [in the opening of the Sinfonietta], with pounding drums and brass charging irresistibly forward. It is a thrilling performance, as is his playing of the middle movement of Taras Bulba... [F]or newcomers to these splendid works, containing as they do much in different aspects of Janâek's character, the Mackerras would be hard to resist.

-- Gramophone [7/1981, reviewing the original LP release]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonietta by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
2.
Taras Bulba by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1918; Brno, Czech Republic 

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