Vaclav Neumann: Early Recordings, 1953-1968

Release Date: 8/12/2014
Label: Supraphon
Catalog Number: SU4133-2
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Number of Discs: 6

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The recordings made by Václav Neumann, the charismatic music director of the Czech Philharmonic from 1968, form one of the cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire in Supraphon’s archive. The majority of listeners, however, will not be familiar with the albums dating from the prior 1953-68 period. Neumann already enjoyed international renown by the time he became head of the Czech Philharmonic. Under his baton, the splendid Prague Symphony Orchestra made the very oldest recordings of Dvo?ák’s early symphonies (Nos. 1, 2 and 4), a recording of Trojan’s orchestrated version of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, while the Czech Philharmonic recorded Mahler’s enchanting song cycles and major international and Czech modern works – by Messiaen (with the composer’s wife Yvonne Loriod at the piano), Bo?kovec andSommer. This set symbolically closes with Dvo?ák’s Nocturne, recorded by Neumann with the Czech Philharmonic in 1968, mere weeks after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by forces of the Warsaw Pact. A number of these unique and sensitively remastered recordings are being released on CD for the very first time.
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 13/B 41 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Bohemia
2. Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 4/B 12 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865 ; Bohemia
3. Symphony no 1 in C minor, B 9 "The Bells of Zlonice" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Bohemia
4. Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Josef Chuchro (Cello)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Bohemia
5. Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1892 ; Norway
6. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1888 ; Norway
7. Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891/1904 ; Norway
8. Les saisons, Op. 37b by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Film Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
9. Symphony no 3 in G minor, Op. 42 by Albert Roussel
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1930 ; France
10. Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43: Suite no 2 by Albert Roussel
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930/1934 ; France
11. Vocal Symphony by Vladimír Sommer
Performer: Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
12. Réveil des oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; France
13. Oiseaux exotiques by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1955-56 ;
14. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1815 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1896 ; Germany
17. Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1904 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892-1898 ; Hamburg, Germany
19. Silentium Turbatum by Pavel Borkovec
Performer: Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
20. Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op. 40/B 47 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1875/83 ; Bohemia
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