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Dvorak: Czech Suite, Overtures / Kuchar, Ostrava Janacek PO

Dvorak / Kuchar / Jpo
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93259  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



DVO?ÁK Czech Suite. Overtures: My Home; Husitska; In Nature’s Realm; Othello Theodore Kuchar, cond; Janá?ek PO BRILLIANT 93259 (71:37)


Recorded in 2004, this single disc seems to be an escapee from Brilliant Classics’ three-disc set (92297) of a larger compendium of Dvo?ák’s tone poems and overtures. In that earlier release, the orchestra was identified as the Ostrava Janá?ek Philharmonic, ostensibly for its venue, Read more the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. This rereleased single drops the Ostrava, but neither the original three-disc set nor the present single reveals that the Janá?ek Philharmonic was formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra.


What’s not to enjoy here?—a seasoned conductor, currently at the helm of California’s Fresno Philharmonic, leading a well-rehearsed ensemble in idiomatic performances of Dvo?ák’s always infectious music, on a relatively recent recording of excellent quality. Kuchar may not be quite as responsive to these scores as, say, were Talich, An?erl, and Neumann; and the Janá?ek Philharmonic may not be quite as polished as its more prestigious Prague cousin, the Czech Philharmonic, but for a modern recording in the budget category, Kuchar and company are practically irresistible.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39/B 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Venue:  Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
My Home Overture, Op. 62/B 125a by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Bohemia 
Venue:  Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Hussite Overture, Op. 67/B 132 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Venue:  Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Venue:  Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Othello Overture, Op. 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892 
Venue:  Ostrava, Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93: I. Preludium: Allegro moderato
Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93: II. Polka: Allegretto grazioso
Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93: III. Minuetto: Allegro giusto
Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93: IV. Romance: Andante con moto
Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93: V. Finale: Presto
Domov muj (My Homeland), Op. 62, B. 125a
Hussite Overture, Op. 67, B. 132
In Nature's Realm, Op. 91, B. 168
Othello, Op. 93, B. 174

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