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The Collection of East Classics / Kubelik


Release Date: 11/08/2019 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 19019  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBohuslav MartinuBedrich SmetanaBéla Bartók,   ... 
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The career of conductor Rafael Kubelik (1914 – 1996) provides an interesting insight into the world of music in the twentieth century. Born the eighth child of the then world-famous violin virtuoso Jan Kubelik and his wife Countess Marianne Csaky-Szell, he was already commanding attention while he was studying piano, violin and composition at the Prague Conservatory between 1929 and 1933. In 1935 he embarked on a tour of the United States as his father's accompanist. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (which Vaclav Talich raised to the status of a top European orchestra) hired him as its conductor in 1936. When, the following year, Talich fell ill during a tour of western Europe, Kubelik filled in for him and began consolidating his Read more international reputation. Despite his tendency towards subversive programming (he often included works by banned composers), he was able to retain the post after taking it over in 1941. In the post-war period Kubelik’s work with the orchestra enriched the cultural life of his country and in 1946 he became one of the founders of the Prague Spring Festival. Kubelik defected in 1948, though, in protest against the communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia. His three-year term as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ended as a result of the ill will born him by the music critic Claudia Cassidy. His time as Music Director of The Royal Opera at Covent Garden was brought to an end because of opposition from Sir Thomas Beecham. Nevertheless, among orchestra musicians he was one of the most well-liked and esteemed conductors. His openness, fair moral principles and the friendly working atmosphere he created brought him a degree of recognition which even produced award-winning results in the recording studio. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Slavonic Rhapsodies (3), Op. 45/B 86: no 3 in A flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
2.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
3.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
4.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
5.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
6.
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
7.
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
8.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
9.
Othello Overture, Op. 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892 
10.
Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
11.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
12.
Frescoes of Piero della Francesca for Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Nice, France 
13.
Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
14.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
15.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Polka by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
16.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
17.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
18.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
19.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
20.
Double Concerto for 2 String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Czech Republic 
21.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
22.
Portraits (2) for Orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; Budapest, Hungary 
23.
Symphony no 4 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
24.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
25.
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
26.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
27.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
28.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 

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