Recollection / Belohlavek

Release Date: 6/1/2018
Label: Supraphon
Catalog Number: SU4250-2
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Number of Discs: 8

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This collection from the legacy of Jirí Belohlávek was put together during the year after the demise of this outstanding conductor. It is intended mainly as a recollection of this extraordinary musician and person. His life can be briefly described by enumerating the greatest of his achievements (Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, appearances at the MET, Glyndebourne, etc.; holder of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire /CBE/ title). The Maestro himself may have preferred a sharing of memories to recordings; yet the set of twenty-three pieces taken from the almost three hundred pieces from Supraphon archives and recorded in the years 1971 – 2016 is a wonderful illustration of Belohlávek’s professional maturing. They capture him as a conductor of several leading Czech orchestras, beginning with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and concluding by the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia. In the very centre of Belohlávek’s repertoire we find compositions by Dvorák (From the New World), Smetana (My Country), Suk, Janácek and, notably, Martinu, whom he introduced to the world. The collection is enriched by several side-steps into other areas of repertoire including Mozart, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók, which documents the amazing scope of the conductor’s focus.
Works on This Recording
1. Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Czech Republic
2. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
3. Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Bohemia
4. Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25 by Josef Suk
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Prague, Czech Republ
5. Fairy tale, Op. 16 by Josef Suk
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899 ; Prague, Czech Republ
6. Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6 by Josef [Violin] Suk
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892 ; Prague, Czech Republ
7. Symphony no 3 in E minor, Op. 53 by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Bohemia
8. Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Brno, Czech Republic
9. Taras Bulba by Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1918 ; Brno, Czech Republic
10. Overture, H 345 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; France
11. La rhapsodie for Orchestra "Allegro symphonique" by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; France
12. Parables for Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957-1958 ; Switzerland
13. Estampes (3) for Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; Czech Republic
14. Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
15. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899 ; France
16. Ricercari (3) for Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: Josef Ruzicka (Piano), Jaroslav Saroun (Piano)
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; France
17. Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Budapest, Hungary
18. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
19. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Germany
21. Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Czech Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899/1943 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Study for Strings by Pavel Haas
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Czech Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; Theresienstadt, Czec
23. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection": 4th movement, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Dagmar Pecková (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888/1896 ; Germany
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