Album

Libor Pešek

The Gold Collection

Catalogue Number: SU 4132-2
Published: 17th May 2013
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 4 CD
Maurice Ravel - Bolero, Daphnis et Chloé. Suites Nos. 1 and 2; Claude Debussy - La mer; Josef Suk - A Summer's Tale, Op. 29; Serenade for String Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 6; Under the Apple Tree. Suite, Op. 20; A Fairy Tale. Suite for Radúz and Mahulena, Op. 16 (selection); Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major; Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85; Alexander Scriabin - Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Garrick Ohlsson - piano, Michaela Fukačová - cello, Eva Děpoltová - soprano, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

To mark Libor Pešek's eightieth birthday, Supraphon presents a representative selection of large orchestral recordings he made from 1981 to 1989. Compositions by Josef Suk, who has occupied a privileged position in Pešek's career, are featured alongside paramount Impressionist pieces - Debussy's La mer and Ravel's Suites from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Pešek's recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 and Suk's lesser-known suite Under the Apple Tree are being released on CD for the very first time. The album also includes recordings of two concertos - Elgar's Cello Concerto, with Michaela Fukačová, and Scriabin's Piano Concerto, with Garrick Ohlsson. Within the illustrious career of Libor Pešek, a great and groundbreaking figure among Czech conductors, the period documented on this CD represents one of his peaks, the time of his most intensive collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, preceding his assuming the post of music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. These digitally remastered recordings bear witness to Pešek's remarkably nuanced work with the orchestral sound and sense for the great lines of Romantic orchestral scores.

A living portrait of a major Czech conductor.

CD 1

Claude Debussy
La mer. Trois esquisses symphoniques
1.
De l'aube a midi sur la mer 08:58
2.
Jeux de vagues 06:16
3.
Dialogue du vent et de la mer 08:24
Josef Suk
A Summer's Tale. Symphonic Poem for Large Orchestra, Op. 29
4.
Voices of Life and Consolation 14:32
5.
Midday 05:54
6.
Intermezzo - Blind Musicians 05:01
7.
In the Power of Phantoms 11:25
8.
Night 15:28

CD 2

Maurice Ravel
1.
Bolero. Poéme chorégraphique 14:48
Maurice Ravel
Daphnis and Chloe. Fragments symphoniques from the ballet (Daphnis et Chloé)
2.
Suite No. 1 - 1. Nocturne /att./ 05:44
3.
Suite No. 1 - 2. Interlude /att./ 03:08
4.
Suite No. 1 - 3. Dance guerriére 03:50
Maurice Ravel
Daphnis and Chloe. Fragments symphoniques from the ballet (Daphnis et Chloé)
5.
Suite No. 2 - 1. Lever du jour /att./ 05:31
6.
Suite No. 2 - 2. Pantomime /att./ 06:47
7.
Suite No. 2 - 3. Dance générale 05:00
Josef Suk
Serenade for String Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 6
8.
Andante con moto 06:11
9.
Allegro ma non troppo e grazioso 05:53
10.
Adagio 10:13
11.
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto 07:38

CD 3

Edward Elgar
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 85
1.
Adagio, moderato (attacca) 07:52
2.
Lento. Allegro molto 04:16
3.
Adagio 05:39
4.
Allegro. Moderato 11:07
Alexander Nikolayevitch Scriabin
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 20
5.
Allegro 08:26
6.
Andante 08:45
7.
Allegro moderato 12:50
Josef Suk
Under the Apple Tree. Suite from the music to Julius Zeyer's dramatic legend, Op. 20
8.
Introduction 07:03
9.
Song of Danica "You blue river" 05:00
10.
Bacchanale 03:35
11.
Song of Danica "Dark shadow fell" 03:48
12.
Epilogue 04:09

CD 4

Josef Suk
Fairy Tale. Concert Suite from the Music to Zeyer's Tale Radúz and Mahulena, Op. 16
1.
About the Faithful Love of Radúz and Mahulena and their Sorrows (Adagio, ma non troppo) 10:40
2.
Funeral Music (Andante sostenuto) 07:46
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 in E major
3.
Allegro moderato 19:33
4.
Adagio. Sehr feierlich und langsam 18:42
5.
Scherzo. Sehr schnell 09:38
6.
Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell 12:40