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Fibich: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 / Stilec, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava


Release Date: 06/12/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574120  
Composer:  Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zden?k Fibich’s three symphonies project very different qualities: No. 1 (available on 8.572985) prizes structural integration, and No. 2 (8.573157) cyclical unity. Symphony No. 3, written only two years before his untimely death, but at the zenith of his powers as one of the Czech Lands’ leading composers, reveals Fibich’s sustained melodic and atmospheric powers as the music pursues the ‘darkness to light’ trajectory synonymous with the symphony during the 19th century. The remaining pieces, drawn from his best stage works, showcase operatic qualities that extend the dramatic lineage of Smetana. This is the final volume in this series. Marek Štilec is an alumnus of the International Järvi Academy and Jac van Steen’s Emerging Read more Conductors Series, and has participated in the masterclasses of Michael Tilson Thomas and Jorma Panula, among others. He conducts a wide range of leading orchestras, including the New World Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra, Das Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Wiener Concertverein Orchester, the Orchestra of the Swan, the London Classical Soloists, the Berlin Camerata, the Kammerphilharmonie Graz and Sinfonietta Bratislava, as well as the top orchestras in the Czech Republic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in E minor, Op. 53 by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Bohemia 
2.
Sárka, Op. 51: Overture by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Bohemia 
3.
Bouře (The Tempest), Op. 40: Overture by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Bohemia 
4.
Nevěsta messinská (The Bride of Messina), Op. 18: Funeral March by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

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 Great Recording August 25, 2020 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Czech composer Zdenek Fibich wrote simply gorgeous music, and some of that is on full display in this new Naxos recording, which features conductor Marek Stilec and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. Fibich's third and final symphony dates from 1898, when he was at his peak. Full of intriguing melodies and that distinctive Czech orchestral glow, there is just enough tension and thematic questioning in the work's evolution to satisfy any listener who is attracted to late Romantic Era orchestral music from Central Europe. The symphony is followed by 3 pieces from theater works, and it becomes immediately clear that Fibich was right at home writing in this genre as well. According to the CD notes, this is the fifth and final volume in Naxos' Fibich project with Marek Stilec. The previous 4 releases (Fibich's firsts two symphonies and tone poems) are also top notch and well worth exploring. I can attest to this because I've heard all of them. Volume 5 follows in this tradition and is an immediately appealing recording. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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