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A Festival of Fucik

Fucik / Royal National Scottish Orchestra / Jarvi
Release Date: 09/25/2015 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5158   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thirty years after having recorded Dvorák’s complete Symphonies on Chandos, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its laureate conductor, Neeme Järvi, tackle another romantic Czech composer, Julius Fucík, famous for his more than 400 polkas, marches, and waltzes, a mouth-watering selection of which is featured here.

Fucík studied violin in his early years, switching later to the bassoon, with a subsidiary in percussion and timpani. Playing in Austro-Hungarian regiments, he gained invaluable experience of writing for military band and became a very prolific composer of marches. The most famous of these is of course Entry of the Gladiators, completed in 1899 and soon performed throughout the world.
Read more Full of energetic, effervescent Bohemian cross-rhythms, tuneful brass melodies (often now associated with a circus atmosphere), but also more lyrical expressions, this album is a festival in itself. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Winterstürme, Op. 184 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
2.
Under the Admirals Flag, Op. 82 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
3.
Uncle Teddy, Op. 239 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Missippi River, Op. 160 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5.
Miramare Overture, Op. 247 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
6.
Marinarella Overture, Op. 215 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
7.
Hercegovac, Op. 235 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
8.
Florentiner, Op. 214 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
9.
Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op. 68 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
10.
Donausagen, Op. 233 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
11.
Die Regimentskinder, Op. 169 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
12.
Die lustige Dorfschmiede, Op. 218 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
13.
Der alte Brummbar, Op. 210 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
14.
Ballettratten, Op. 226 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

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 Light classical fun December 4, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Most people have never heard of Julius Ernst Wilhelm Fucik -- although they're very familiar with his music. Fucik, sometimes called the "Bohemian Sousa" wrote a work entitled "Entrance for the Gladiators" in 1887. It was quickly adopted by circus bands, and is now known almost exclusively as the clown's entrance music. Neemi Jarvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra do an admirable job stripping away almost a century of circus music tradition to get at the heart of this work. Originally it was a slow, dignified march that (hopefully) conjured up the glory of Rome. In that, they succeed. The "Entrance of the Gladiators" sounds like a late romantic characteristic piece, more in line with the rest of Fucik's ouevre. Fucik's musical career included stints with military bands, so it's no surprise that his marches have all the appropriate flourishes and gestures. In that regard, his music does have a superficial resemblance to Sousa's. Fucik, though, was a student of Dvorak and to my ears his music has a distinctively European sound. This recital features several concert works by Fucik, including "The Old Grumbler," a showpiece for bassoon (an instrument Fucik played). Also included are some of his waltzes and other short orchestral works, making for a well-balanced program. There's no question that these are light classical works. But Fucik is an imaginative composer, and these pieces sparkle and shine in an appealing way. If you have the choice, I recommend purchasing the SACD version of this release. The added detail SACD playback brings to the music made me fully appreciate Fucik's talents as an orchestrator -- and the performing ability of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Neemi Jarvi." Report Abuse
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