20th March 1959

The first Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros

In March 1959, Supraphon received its first prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros, for a recording of Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, as performed by the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague, conducted by Václav Neumann, and featuring the soloists Rudolf Asmus, Květa Belanová, Antonín Votava, Libuše Domanínská, Helena Tattermuschová, and other singers. The Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros has been annually awarded since 1948 for recordings that are truly outstanding, in both artistic and technical terms. L’Académie Charles Cros was founded in 1947 by a group of musicologists, critics and recording industry professionals in honour of Charles Cros (1842–1888), a French poet and pioneer in the field of sound recording technology. Owing to the high standard of the Academy’s work, the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros is the most prestigious classical music award there is. To date, Supraphon has received the prize for 18 recordings, most recently in 2006, for the 42-disc set within the Karel Ančerl Gold Edition.

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Catalogue number: SU 3981-2