Vaclav Neumann: Early Recordings (1953-68) | Supraphon SU41332

Vaclav Neumann: Early Recordings (1953-68)

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU41332

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 21st July 2014

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The recordings made by Václav Neumann, the charismatic music director of the Czech Philharmonic from 1968, form one of the cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire in Supraphon’s archive. The majority of listeners, however, are not familiar with the albums dating from the previous period.

By the time he became head of the Czech Philharmonic, Neumann already enjoyed international renown (in 1955 he began appearing as a guest at Berlin’s Komische Oper, from 1964 to 1968 he served as music director of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig).

Under his baton, the splendid Prague Symphony Orchestra made the very oldest recordings of Dvořák’s early symphonies (Nos 1, 2 and 4), a recording of Trojan’s orchestrated version of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, while the Czech Philharmonic recorded Mahler’s enchanting song cycles and major international and Czech modern works – by Messiaen (with the composer’s wife Yvonne Loriod on the piano), Bořkovec and Sommer.

This selection is symbolically rounded off by Dvořák’s Nocturne, recorded by Neumann with the Czech Philharmonic in 1968, just a few weeks after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact forces.

A number of these unique and sensitively remastered recordings are being released on CD for the very first time.

Contents:
CD 1

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
- Symphony No.1 in C minor, ‘The Bells of Zlonice’, sine Op.(B9)
- Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.13 (B41)

CD 2
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
- Symphony No.2 in B flat major, Op.4 (B12)
- Rondo in G minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op.94 (B181)

EDVARD GRIEG
Lyric suite, Op.54
- Shepherd Boy
- Norwegian March
- Notturno
- March of the Dwarfs

CD 3
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
- The Seasons. Twelve Charakteristic Pieces, Op.37

EDVARD GRIEG
Peer Gynt. Music to the Dramatic Poem by Henrik Ibsen
- Suite No.1, Op.46
- Suite No.2, Op.55

CD 4
ALBERT ROUSSEL
- Symphony No.3 in G minor, Op.42

OLIVIER MESSIAEN
- Oiseaux exotiques / Exotic Birds for Piano and Orchestra
- Réveil des oiseaux / Awakening of the Birds for Piano and Orchestra

CD 5
FRANZ SCHUBERT
- Symphony No.3 in D major, D 200
- Symphony No.8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ D 759

VLADIMÍR SOMMER
- Vocal Symphony for Mezzo-soprano, Speaker, Chorus and Large Orchestra

CD 6
GUSTAV MAHLER
- Kindertotenlieder
- Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
- Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

PAVEL BOŘKOVEC
- Silentium turbatum
Symphonic Movement for Alto, Electric Guitar and Large Orchestra

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
- Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op.40 (B47)

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