Janacek - Orchestral Works Vol.3 | Chandos CHSA5165

Janacek - Orchestral Works Vol.3

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5165

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Sara Jakubiak (soprano)
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Gabor Bretz (bass)
David Stewart (violin)
Johannes Wik (harp)
Thomas Trotter (organ)
Karstein Askeland (organ)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Cathedral Choir
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Works

Janacek, Leos

Adagio for Orchestra
Ave Maria
Glagolitic Mass, JWIII/9
Otcenas (Our Father)

Artists

Sara Jakubiak (soprano)
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Gabor Bretz (bass)
David Stewart (violin)
Johannes Wik (harp)
Thomas Trotter (organ)
Karstein Askeland (organ)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Cathedral Choir
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

About

Not only does this collection of orchestral works by Janáček follow two highly praised volumes with such great soloists as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and James Ehnes, but it also features one of the composer’s most monumental works – with the vividly admired organist Thomas Trotter – along with three contrasting shorter pieces.

The Glagolitic Mass is considered his finest non-operatic work. It was premiered a year after the Sinfonietta – recorded in Volume 1 [CHSA5142] – to critical acclaim. This impressive piece makes full use of the orchestra and chorus, with virtuosic solo parts for tenor and soprano, as well as organ. It is set within a frame of purely orchestral movements in which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and its new chief conductor, Edward Gardner, demonstrate with authority their deep empathy with the repertoire.

The album is completed by three highly diverse characteristic works: the mournful Adagio, the Slavonic Otče náš and the deeply personal Zdrávas Maria.

Reviews

Incandescent, profoundly human and intoxicating in its celebration of the world of nature and the divine, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is demanding of performers and requires special treatment at every turn. Edward Gardner’s interpretation succeeds superbly by focusing on the life-affirming qualities of the work, rather than going in search of its more ceremonial aspects. … This recording is all the more welcome since it is based on an edition that includes changes made by Janáček after the standard version had been published. As with the chorus, the orchestral playing is superbly flexible in externalising the drama; I have never heard a more compelling performance of the turbulent orchestral interlude at the heart of the Věruju and the exultant conclusion of the movement sweeps all before it.  Jan Smaczny (Recording of the Month)

BBC Music Magazine May 2016
Edward Gardner and his orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, have gathered exceptional soloists, together with double choir, for the latest in their Janáček series. Sara Jakubiak, Susan Bickley, Stuart Skelton and Gabor Bretz are joined by virtuoso organist Thomas Trotter for the composer’s 1926 late masterpiece: the exuberant, rumbustious Glagolitic Mass. Gardner steers the clash of brass, strings, chorus and soloists with confidence, the instrumental outer movements ablaze with excitement, the whole well balanced but still dangerous and invigorating. In addition to the Adagio (c1890) and Zdrávas Maria (1904), a serene setting of the Lord’s Prayer (1901), with Skelton’s beautiful tenor solo, stands out.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 6 March 2016

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