Magazine article Gramophone

Janacek's Sinfonietta

Magazine article Gramophone

Janacek's Sinfonietta

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Three recordings that came before Edward Gardner's, and how Gramophone rated them

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SEPTEMBER 1971

Janacek Sinfonietta

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Kubelik

DGG [LP] 2530 075 (2-35 [pounds sterling])

Kubelik gets off to a clear win in the opening Prelude by playing it at the speed--a fast one--the composer suggests. This makes an altogether different impression, a far more exciting one, from the other performances. I am greatly taken by Kubelik's way of playing the music at the composer's speed, going all out for the brilliance of brass and percussion rather than for grandeur, the more so as the timpani are splendidly recorded. Trevor Harvey

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JULY 1981

Janacek Sinfonietta

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

Decca [F] [LP] SXDL7519

In the Sinfonietta, one might generalise by suggesting that Kubelik emphasises the Dvorakian background, while Mackerras looks forward to Stravinsky. Kubelik has a marvellous warm surge in the memorable opening figures of the Sinfonietta; Mackerras punches the rhythm out, with pounding drums and brass charging irresistibly forward. …

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