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KAREL ANČERL GOLD EDITION - 43

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The 4 CDs sum up the work of Ančerl's contemporaries

SU 3944-2

Release date March 2008

4 CDs

CD 1*: Britten: The Young Personīs Guide to the Orchestra – Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell, Op. 34 (1946) with English text read by Eric Shilling; Hurník: The Four Seasons (1954); Ondráđ. Music for ballet (1956)

CD 2*: Dobiáđ: Build your country, strengthen peace (Buduj vlast, posílíđ mír). Cantata based on the text by F. Halas (1950); Kapr: In the Soviet Land  (V sovėtské zemi). Cantata (1951); Kalađ: The Nightingale and the Rose (Slavík a rųūe). Symphonic poem based on the fairy tale by O. Wild (1956)

CD 3*: Kalabis: Violin Concerto (1962); Seidel: Oboe Concerto (1956); Jirko: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1961)

CD 4: Eben: Piano Concerto (1963); Boøkovec: Symphony No. 2 (1957)

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the conductor Karel Ančerl the "final word" remains to be said within the Ančerl Gold Edition. The four CDs sum up the work of Ančerl’s contemporaries, with the exception of Britten’s "The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra", that of Czech composers. The set bears unprecedented witness to the 1950s and 1960s, the period when the Communist powers that be decided on taste and composition trends, and when the criterion for acceptance or rejection of a work was its "mass appeal" and the degree of consonance with the "Socialist Realism" style. The excellent Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with its internationally sought-after conductor is here involuntarily in the services of propagandist kitsch (Dobiáđ’s cantata "Build Up Your Country to Reinforce the Peace", Kapr’s panegyric cantata "In the Soviet Country"). However, concurrently originating were also a number of recordings of remarkable works by composers who were able to withstand ideological pressures. Alongside folklore inspiration (evident, for example, in the ballet "Ondráđ" by Ilja Hurník and Seidl’s oboe concerto), neoclassical influences and "genetic" linkages to the work of Janáček, Dvoøák, Suk and Novák were still palpable, while also present was the seeking of a singular and contemporary musical language (Eben, Boøkovec, Kalabis). Paradoxically, today’s young composers could envy their counterparts of half a century ago – many a time their compositions experienced paramount concert performance and recording within a short time from the last note drying out in the score.

The 4 CD set mapping the post-February 1948 Czech compositional scene rounds off the Ančerl Gold Edition – a testimony of an epoch of our modern musical history

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CD 1
1.The Young Personīs Guide to the Orchestra. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (1946), Op.3400:17:48MP3 example :: The Young Personīs Guide to the Orchestra. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (1946), Op.34 [472 kB]
music by: Benjamin Britten
original lyrics by: Eric Crozier
spoken role: Eric Shilling
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Four Seasons. Chamber Suite00:30:53
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Spring. Floating Ice00:01:31MP3 example :: Spring. Floating Ice [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Spring. Cuckoo00:01:44MP3 example :: Spring. Cuckoo [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Spring. Moon Above A Pond00:02:25MP3 example :: Spring. Moon Above A Pond [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
4.Spring. Feast00:02:32MP3 example :: Spring. Feast [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
5.Summer. Harvest00:01:05MP3 example :: Summer. Harvest [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
6.Summer. Sultriness00:01:28MP3 example :: Summer. Sultriness [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
7.Summer. Harvest-home Polka00:01:59MP3 example :: Summer. Harvest-home Polka [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
8.Summer. High Clouds00:01:53MP3 example :: Summer. High Clouds [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
9.Autumn. Indian Summer00:01:11MP3 example :: Autumn. Indian Summer [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
10.Autumn. Swalows Flying Away00:01:29MP3 example :: Autumn. Swalows Flying Away [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
11.Autumn. Village Fair00:01:33MP3 example :: Autumn. Village Fair [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
12.Autumn. Around The Fire00:02:03MP3 example :: Autumn. Around The Fire [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
13.Autumn. A Badger Goes To Rest00:01:24MP3 example :: Autumn. A Badger Goes To Rest [470 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
14.Autumn. Rain00:02:10MP3 example :: Autumn. Rain [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
15.Winter. A Christmas Song00:01:54MP3 example :: Winter. A Christmas Song [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
16.Winter. Snowflakes00:01:17MP3 example :: Winter. Snowflakes [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
17.Winter. A Hungry Birdie00:01:25MP3 example :: Winter. A Hungry Birdie [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
18.Winter. Sleigh Ride00:01:08MP3 example :: Winter. Sleigh Ride [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Ondras. Ballet Music00:23:59
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Dance With Whoops00:02:23MP3 example :: Dance With Whoops [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Maidenīs Wedding Dance00:03:14MP3 example :: Maidenīs Wedding Dance [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Brigand Dance00:02:55MP3 example :: Brigand Dance [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
4.Oracular Dance00:02:49MP3 example :: Oracular Dance [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
5.Dance At The Sviadnov Pub00:07:14MP3 example :: Dance At The Sviadnov Pub [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
6.Ondrasīs Death00:05:19MP3 example :: Ondrasīs Death [472 kB]
music by: Ilja Hurnik
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
CD 2
1.Build Up Your Country To Reinforce The Peace. Cantata to Frantisek Halasīs poetry00:22:58MP3 example :: Build Up Your Country To Reinforce The Peace. Cantata to Frantisek Halasīs poetry [470 kB]
music by: Vaclav Dobias
original lyrics by: Frantisek Halas
chorus master: Jan Kühn
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Prague Philharmonic Choir
2.In The Soviet Country. Cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra to Vitezslav Nezvalīs poetry00:20:40MP3 example :: In The Soviet Country. Cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra to Vitezslav Nezvalīs poetry [470 kB]
music by: Jan Kapr
original lyrics by: Vitezslav Nezval
baritone: Jan Soumar
chorus master: Jiri Pinkas
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Prague Radio Chorus
3.The Nichtingale and The Rose. A symphonic fairy tale based on Oscar Wildeīs story, Op. 8100:16:12MP3 example :: The Nichtingale and The Rose. A symphonic fairy tale based on Oscar Wildeīs story, Op. 81 [470 kB]
music by: Julius Kalas
flute: Geza Novak
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
CD 3
1.Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 (1958-59), Op. 1700:21:55
music by: Viktor Kalabis
violin: Vaclav Snitil
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Maestoso. Andante00:08:20MP3 example :: Maestoso. Andante [364 kB]
music by: Viktor Kalabis
violin: Vaclav Snitil
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Andante angoscioso. Quasi adagio00:06:57MP3 example :: Andante angoscioso. Quasi adagio [470 kB]
music by: Viktor Kalabis
violin: Vaclav Snitil
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Allegro vivace00:06:28MP3 example :: Allegro vivace [470 kB]
music by: Viktor Kalabis
violin: Vaclav Snitil
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra No. 2 (1955)00:23:48
music by: Jan Seidel
oboe: Josef Shejbal
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Allegro animato00:11:46MP3 example :: Allegro animato [470 kB]
music by: Jan Seidel
oboe: Josef Shejbal
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Variazioni. Moderato grazioso00:05:37MP3 example :: Variazioni. Moderato grazioso [470 kB]
music by: Jan Seidel
oboe: Josef Shejbal
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Allegro vivace00:06:17MP3 example :: Allegro vivace [470 kB]
music by: Jan Seidel
oboe: Josef Shejbal
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in G major00:22:52
music by: Ivan Jirko
piano: Viktorie Svihlikova
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Allegro00:08:33MP3 example :: Allegro [470 kB]
music by: Ivan Jirko
piano: Viktorie Svihlikova
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Andante tranquillo00:08:49MP3 example :: Andante tranquillo [470 kB]
music by: Ivan Jirko
piano: Viktorie Svihlikova
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Allegro vivo00:05:21MP3 example :: Allegro vivo [470 kB]
music by: Ivan Jirko
piano: Viktorie Svihlikova
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
CD 4
1.Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1961)00:25:28
music by: Petr Eben
piano: Frantisek Rauch
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Allegro risoluto00:08:36MP3 example :: Allegro risoluto [470 kB]
music by: Petr Eben
piano: Frantisek Rauch
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Tranquillo00:10:00MP3 example :: Tranquillo [470 kB]
music by: Petr Eben
piano: Frantisek Rauch
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Molto con brio00:06:47MP3 example :: Molto con brio [470 kB]
music by: Petr Eben
piano: Frantisek Rauch
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Symphony for Large Orchestra No. 2 (1955)00:31:44
music by: Pavel Borkovec
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Allegro moderato00:09:50MP3 example :: Allegro moderato [470 kB]
music by: Pavel Borkovec
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Scherzo. Vivace00:05:22MP3 example :: Scherzo. Vivace [470 kB]
music by: Pavel Borkovec
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Adagio00:09:30MP3 example :: Adagio [470 kB]
music by: Pavel Borkovec
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
4.Finale00:06:51MP3 example :: Finale [470 kB]
music by: Pavel Borkovec
conductor: Karel Ancerl
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


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