B. Martinů - Symphony No. 4, Tre ricercari, Concertino for cello; J. Ibert - Concerto for cello and wind instruments; P. Hindemith - Trauermusik for viola and string orchestra; J. Mysliveček - Symphony in D major; G. Bizet - Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22; C. Saint-Saëns - Le carnaval des animaux; S. Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
A. Navarra - cello, L. Černý - viola, I. Hurník, P. Štěpán - piano, L. Jásek - violin. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra
Paradoxically, a greater opportunity to witness the artistry of the remarkable Czech conductor Martin Turnovský, whose teachers included Karel Ančerl and George Szell, has been afforded to audiences abroad. After winning the international conducting competition in Besançon (1958), he had to wait almost a decade for the real launch of his international career, since the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia prevented him from travelling around the world. He was chief conductor of the Dresdner Staatskapelle and Staatsoper, and, after emigrating to the West at the end of the 1960s, led the Operas in Oslo and Bonn, guest-conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and other major orchestras. Only after the regime change in Czechoslovakia in 1989 could he renew his work with orchestras on home soil. In the 1960s he made numerous recordings for Supraphon. The majority of those presented on these discs are now available on CD for the first time. They bear witness to Turnovský's distinct talent, which several years later would dazzle to the full in front of the world's most renowned orchestras.
A Czech conductor who excelled worldwide. Martin Turnovský recordings for the first time on CD.