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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba / Janowski, Berlin Radio Symphony

Janacek / Janowski / Radio Sym Orch Berlin
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186388  
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Aga MikolajIris VermillionStuart NeillArutiun Kotchinian
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album offers two of the best known and most loved works by Leos Janacek. The Glagolitic Mass was thus described by a musicologist: "It has absolutely everything, it’s engrossing and enthralling and captivating and startling and soothing and primitive and pristine and incredibly spiritual".


A lean, cleanly contoured Glagolitic. Taras Bulba is generally well played.

– BBC Music Magazine

Janacek's signature dotted rhythms are somewhat rounded, smoothing out the usual angularity in this music. The strings play with a beautiful warm tone as opposed to the silvery glint of the Czech orchestras. The recording follows suit, with its warm tone.

– American
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Janowski takes an altogether gentler view of the work compared to the ebullient energy of Kubelik and in particular Mackerras. Not suprisingly, Janowski is at his most effective in the 'Agnece Bozij' (Agnus Dei); this is gracefully done. The extraordinary organ solo is well played.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Glagolitic Mass by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Aga Mikolaj (Soprano), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Stuart Neill (Tenor),
Arutiun Kotchinian (Bass)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
Taras Bulba by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1918; Brno, Czech Republic 

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