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Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, Ballad Of Blanik, Fiddler's Child / Netopil

Janacek / Prague Radio Sym Orch / Netopil
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4131   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Janacek did not write a great quantity of symphonic works. Besides the Lachian Dances and an outline of the symphony Danube, they merely number the four compositions on this CD: three symphonic poems and the celebrated Sinfonietta. The symphonic poems, created within eight years between 1913 and 1920, reflect the turbulent political events and social tensions of the time, as well as Janacek’s keen interest in Czech and Russian literature. The Ballad of Blaník is based on a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlicky, while The Fiddler’s Child was written to verses by Svatopluk Cech. When reading Gogol’s novella Taras Bulba, Janá?ek was impressed by its hero, a Cossack
Read more chieftain, and referred to the author as the “prophet of the Slavs”. Sinfonietta, indisputably the most significant Janacek orchestral piece, was premiered in June 1926 in Prague by Václav Talich with the Czech Philharmonic.

Tomas Netopil, the winner of the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and a regular guest of leading orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, etc.) and prestigious opera stages worldwide, has materialised his singular vision of Janacek’s music in the recording made with the splendid Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Works on This Recording

1.
The Fiddler's Child by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Brno, Czech Republic 
2.
The ballad of Blaník by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brno, Czech Republic 
3.
Taras Bulba by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1918; Brno, Czech Republic 
4.
Sinfonietta by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 

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