Magazine article Czech Music

Leo 'S Janacek Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, the Ballad of Blanik, the Fiddler's Child

Magazine article Czech Music

Leo 'S Janacek Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, the Ballad of Blanik, the Fiddler's Child

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Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Band of the Castle Guards and Police of the Czech Republic, Tomas Netopil - conductor.

Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Czech. Recorded: June, Sept. 2013, Rudolfinum, Prague.

Released: 2013. TT: 68:31. DDD.

CD Supraphon SU 4131-2.

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Putting together four grand Janacek orchestral pieces written between 1913 and 1926 on a single disc (co-produced by Supraphon and Czech Radio) is a praiseworthy dramaturgic accomplishment in its own right. The works bear witness to the composer's different creative inspirations - from the social motif of the symphonic poem The Fiddler's Child, based on Svatopluk Cech's verse, through Janacek's Russophilia in the setting of Gogol's novella Taras Bulba, the musical expression of the Czech legend of the knights of Blanik, based on Jaroslav Vrchlicky's poetry, to the famous Sin fonietta, in whose case, as the Janacek connoisseur Jir Zahradka points out in the booklet, it is still not clear whether it was written to commission or independently as a contribution to the National Festival of the Sokol sports and gymnastics movement. …

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