Andre Navarra: Prague Recordings

Release Date: 9/29/2017
Label: Supraphon
Catalog Number: SU4229-2
Number of Discs: 5

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$54.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
When at the age of 15 Andre Navarra (1911-1988) completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, he ceased taking lessons and set out on his own path, honing his skills on, among other things, sevcik’s virtuoso violin etudes, which he himself arranged for the cello. He drew inspiration from the finest instrumentalists of his time. Victory in the prestigious competition in Vienna (1937) launched his international career as a soloist. Following his debut at the Prague Spring festival in May 1951, he would pay numerous visits to the city – to appear at the festival, to perform opposite the Czech Philharmonic, as well as to record for Supraphon. The present release is the first complete issue of the 19 studio albums Navarra made for the label between 1953 and 1966, including some remarkable tracks that have not been previously issued digitally. His collaboration with Karel Ancerl and Josef Suk gave rise to the legendary recording of Brahms’s Double Concerto, with the accounts of pieces by Prokofiev, Bloch, Schumann and Respighi made with the Czech Philharmonic under Ancerl being just as impressive and enthralling. In addition to Josef Suk, Navarra worked with the superlative pianists Alfred Holecek and Frantisek Maxian. The Supraphon set includes six hours of sensitively remastered recordings, which bear witness to Navarra’s artistry, emotional poignancy and spontaneous musicianship; a real treat for those loving the enchanting cello timbres. Andre Navarra’s Supraphon recordings – for the first time in their entirety, newly remastered. Simply indispensable.

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REVIEW:

This Navarra collection sits on the same exalted plain as recent memorable sets devoted to Rostropovich and Fournier. Snap it up while you can.

– Gramophone
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin), André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Austria
2. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
3. Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1916 ; USA
4. Adagio con variazioni for Cello and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; Rome, Italy
5. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951/1952 ; USSR
6. Concertino for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, H 143 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ;
7. Concerto for Cello and Winds by Jacques Ibert
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
Written: 1925 ;
8. Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
9. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Alfred Holecek (Piano), André Navarra (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
10. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Alfred Holecek (Piano), André Navarra (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
11. Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: André Navarra (Cello), Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; Hungary
12. Sonatina for Violin and Cello by Arthur Honegger
Performer: André Navarra (Cello), Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
13. Duo for Violin and Cello no 1, H 157 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: André Navarra (Cello), Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Paris, France
14. Duo for Violin and Cello no 2, H 371 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: André Navarra (Cello), Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; Switzerland
15. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Alfred Holecek (Piano), André Navarra (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USSR
16. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Holecek (Piano), André Navarra (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Suite for Cello and Piano No. 2 by Louis Caix d'Hervelois
Performer: André Navarra (Cello), Frantisek Maxian (Piano)
Period: Baroque
18. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G major, G 5 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1770 ;
19. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; France
20. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Josef [Violin] Suk (Violin), André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Austria
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