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Theodore Kuchar conducts Dvorak, Shostakovich, Smetana & Nielsen / Janacek Philharmonic, Ukraine National Orchestra


Release Date: 05/03/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: BRI95932  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákDmitri ShostakovichBedrich SmetanaCarl Nielsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic OrchestraUkraine National Symphony OrchestraVenezuela Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 13 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the extensive booklet interview, the conductor Theodore Kuchar recalls how, as a boy growing up outside Cleveland to Ukrainian-born parents, he learnt his music at the feet of Lorin Maazel, sitting in the cheap seats every week. Sound training and determination took him to Helsinki as violist and part-time conductor for the Finnish Opera, thence to Brisbane for his first musical directorship in charge of the Queensland Philharmonic. But it was in 1992 that Kuchar discovered his roots and began to establish an international reputation when he took over the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine. Together they have given lengthy tours worldwide, hundreds of concerts and made many recordings for several labels. The theatre music by Read more Shostakovich was particularly successful and holds a treasured place in Kuchar’s heart: ‘The Bolt is absolute genius. I’ve done it with every orchestra I’ve had a long relationship with, and every time it knocks an audience sideways.’ In the early 2000s Kuchar also worked regularly with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra based in Ostrava, formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra. Together they recorded the major – and most of the minor – orchestral works by Smetana, the best-known tone-poems of Dvorák and even the complete symphonies of Carl Nielsen, which became a critical hit. Since then Kuchar has conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. As music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela he led a vibrantly colorful collection of Latin-American orchestral classics (by Ginastera, Moncayo and Revueltas among others) for the last album on this retrospective, recorded in 2011. ‘Theodore Kuchar is one of today's most dynamic, most successful young conductors… every instrumental effect comes through beautifully… Tempos are generally rapid and spirits high… this is a lot of fine Dvorák for a very low price.’ (Fanfare) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39/B 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
2.
My Home Overture, Op. 62/B 125a by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Bohemia 
3.
Hussite Overture, Op. 67/B 132 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
4.
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
5.
Othello Overture, Op. 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892 
6.
Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
7.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
8.
Water Goblin, Op. 107/B 195 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
9.
Noon Witch, Op. 108/B 196 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
10.
Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
11.
Wood Dove, Op. 110/B 198 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
12.
Heroic Song for Orchestra, Op. 111/B 199 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Bohemia 
13.
Suite for Variety Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
14.
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes, Op. 115 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
15.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
16.
Novorossisk Chimes, Op. 111b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
17.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
18.
Bolt Suite, Op. 27a "Ballet Suite no 5": Excerpts by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
19.
Limpid Stream Suite, Op. 39a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
20.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
21.
Hamlet: Suite, Op. 116a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
22.
Gadfly, Op. 97 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
23.
Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
24.
Wallenstein's Camp, B 111/T 79/Op. 14 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Czech Republic 
25.
Hakon Jarl, B 118/T 82/Op. 16 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Czech Republic 
26.
Richard III, B 106/T 74/Op. 11 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Czech Republic 
27.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
28.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Polka by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
29.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
30.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
31.
Peasant Woman, T 123 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Czech Republic 
32.
Doktor Faust, B 123/T 91 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Czech Republic 
33.
Našim děvám (To Our Girls), T 49 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
34.
Triumphal Symphony in E major, B 92/T59/Op. 6 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1854; Czech Republic 
35.
Ceremonial Prelude in C major, B 136/T 102 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Czech Republic 
36.
Festive Overture in D major, B 63/T 46/Op. 4 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1883; Czech Republic 
37.
Prague Carneval, T 135 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Czech Republic 
38.
March of the National Guard, B 59/T 45b by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Czech Republic 
39.
March for Shakespeare Festival, B 129/T 95/Op. 20 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Czech Republic 
40.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Denmark 
41.
Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark 
42.
Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark 
43.
Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Denmark 
44.
Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
45.
Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Denmark 
46.
Huapango by José P. Moncayo García
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Mexico 
47.
Danzón no 2 by Arturo Márquez
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Mexico 
48.
Tocatta bachiana y Pajarillo aldemaroso by Aldemaro Romero
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Written: Venezuela 
49.
Janitzio by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934; Mexico 
50.
Estancia Suite, Op. 8a by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Argentina 
51.
Kanaima by Yuri Hung
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
52.
Malazarte: Batuque by Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
Written: Brazil 

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