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Janacek: Orchestral Suites From The Operas Vol. 2 / Breiner, New Zealand Symphony


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570556   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Vesa-Matti Leppanen
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second installment in Peter Breiner's series of suites from Janácek operas is more successful than the first. It's particularly exciting to hear the music from Kát'a Kabanova, the composer's most voluptuous (and saddest) opera. Breiner basically follows the course of the action in his five-movement suite, and after a fairly stiff performance of the overture his conducting steadily improves, as (it seems) does the confidence of the orchestra. The long last movement, all from the third act, is very skillfully put together, and the storm music comprising the first few minutes packs the sonic and emotional wallop that it must. Fans of the opera will really enjoy this.

José Serebrier has already made a
Read more suite from The Makropulos Case at the behest of Universal Edition, and he recorded it pretty stunningly for Reference Recordings. Breiner's six-movement arrangement is quite different. His decision to frame the piece with the opera's final scene is both smart and effective, though he should have used more of Marty's final monologue when he brings back the same music at the end. He also adapts more material from Act 2 than does Serebrier, and Breiner's willingness to organize the music more freely results in a very satisfying half-hour, much more lyrical and tuneful than you might have thought possible. A very enjoyable disc, overall.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kát'a Kabanová: Suite by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
Notes: Arranger: Peter Breiner. 
2.
The Makropulos Affair: Suite by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Vesa-Matti Leppanen (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1925; Brno, Czech Republic 
Notes: Arranger: Peter Breiner. 

Featured Sound Samples

Kát'a Kabanová: Suite: II. Je cas, Tichone (Tichon, it's about time...)
The Makropulos Affair: Suite: VI. Nu? (So?)

Sound Samples

Kat'a Kabanova Suite (arr. P. Breiner): I. Overture
Kat'a Kabanova Suite (arr. P. Breiner): II. Je cas, Tichone (Tichon, it's about time...)
Kat'a Kabanova Suite (arr. P. Breiner): III. Vida, chvastala jsi se (There, you bragged...)
Kat'a Kabanova Suite (arr. P. Breiner): IV. Intermezzo and Songs
Kat'a Kabanova Suite (arr. P. Breiner): V. Prijde boure (The Storm is coming)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): I. Smrt na mne sahala... (Death was touching me)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): II. Causa Gregor Prus (The Gregor Prus Case)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): III. Zda se vamio divne, co? (It appears strange, doesn't it?)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): IV. Ja jsem totiz idiot (I am actually an idiot)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): V. A ja vas miluji! (Though I love you!)
The Makropulos Affair Suite (arr. P. Breiner): VI. Nu? (So?)

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