Various Artists

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba

Catalogue Number: SU 3739-2
Published: 12th January 2004
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 2 CD
Sir Charles Mackerras is known and respected worldwide as a leading connoisseur, champion and editor of Janáček's compositional output. He is now documenting his lifelong profound artistic and scholarly attachment to Janáček's music by a new complete set of recordings of Janáček's orchestral output. On a 2CD set the Czech Philharmonic does its best to fulfill Sir Charles's concept and creative intentions. The list of works featured here was supplemented by overtures to the operas, Káťa Kabanová (plus short interludes), and Šárka. Sir Charles Mackerras has had a particularly close, thoroughly personal affinity for these last-mentioned works: he actually discovered the Káťa Kabanová interludes while studying Janáček's manuscripts, whereupon he prepared a critical edition of the opera for publication by the Universal Edition of Vienna, in 1992/3. Similarly, he undertook editorial supervision over the processing of the score of Šárka. He then produced the opera's recent recording which obtained nominations in two categories for Grammy awards in 2001. Mackerras's Janáček occupies a pride of place in the Supraphon catalogue. Here is a complete set not to be missed by any aficionado of music by the Moravian genius composer.

Mackerras' Janáček: the Pride of Supraphon catalogue.

CD 1

Leoš Janáček
1. Jealousy /Original Prelude to the Opera Jenufa/ 05:36
Leoš Janáček
The Cunning Little Vixen. Orchestral Suite from the Opera
2. Andante - Allegro - Stesso tempo - Meno mosso - Presto - Tempo I 09:19
3. Andante - Moderato - Allegro 10:19
Leoš Janáček
Šárka. Opera in 3 Acts
4. Overture 04:09
Leoš Janáček
Taras Bulba. Rhapsody for Orchestra after N.V.Gogol's Novel
5. The Death of Andrei 08:15
6. The Death of Ostap 05:23
7. The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba 09:19

CD 2

Leoš Janáček
Káťa Kabanova. Opera in 3 Acts
1. Act 1, Introduction 04:23
2. Act 1 - Intermezzo 01:20
3. Act 2 - Intermezzo 01:03
Leoš Janáček
Schluck und Jau. Music to Gerthart Hauptmann's Play
4. Andante 04:10
5. Allegretto 05:11
Leoš Janáček
6. Allegretto 02:15
7. Andante 05:52
8. Moderato 05:23
9. Allegretto 03:01
10. Andante con moto - Allegretto 07:29