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V 2 Orchestral Works

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  • Audio CD (26 May 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Import
  • Label: CHANDOS
  • ASIN: B00UUXT62K
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars7 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Bergen Philharmonic and conductor Edward Gardner are featured once again on this second volume in the Chandos labels series devoted to the orchestral works of Leo Janáek. The repertoire on this disc includes some of the composers greatest programmatic pieces. Unsurprisingly, the first piece featured here is Jealousy his first declared piece of program music, originally written to preface the opera Jenfa but never included in any production of it during his lifetime. Both The Ballad of Blaník and The Fiddlers Child (also known as a ballad for orchestra) are characterized by the use of musicals symbols reflecting the Czech poems on which the pieces are based and also some of the composers personal reflections and responses. The one-movement Violin Concerto, The Wandering of a Little Soul, is a more mysterious piece, with uncertainties surrounding the title, date of creation, and the goals of its composition. Milo tdro and Leo Faltus, using Janáeks sketches, reconstructed the version recorded here, in similar fashion to the composers unfinished Danube symphony. An interpretation of the famous tale by Gogol, Taras Bulba (1915) was Janáeks most substantial orchestral work to that time. It is inflected with folk dances, battle and horse-riding music, and suffering and love, all brought to a grandiloquent apotheosis in orchestration of almost cinematic vividness. Gardners way with Janáeks music is pretty persuasive. Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and wellfocused sound. (MusicWeb Intl on V1)

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Classics Today: Artistic Quality 9/Sound Quality 9
"...this very well engineered SACD offers nothing but pleasure, from the rhythmically sharp and passionate account of the Jealousy Overture, through a powerful account of the incomplete, mysterious Danube Symphony (with Susanna Andersson the excellent soprano in the third movement vocalise)." --David Hurwitz, Classicstoday.com, 2016

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5.0 out of 5 stars Opere orchestrali rare di Janacek
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leos Janacek par Bergen / Gardner : une éclatante confirmation
Reviewed in France on 6 May 2015
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Helmut V. Bakaitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Janacek's genius continues to astonish - beneath the anti-intellectual exterior ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janacek: Well-Served by Gardner, Bergen & Chandos
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4.0 out of 5 stars God CD -- lousy mp3
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5.0 out of 5 stars The music is well played and interpreted and the recorded sound is about a good at it get
Reviewed in the United States on 11 December 2016
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