Jiri Belohlavek: Recollection | Supraphon SU42502

Jiri Belohlavek: Recollection


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU42502

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 18th May 2018



This collection from the legacy of Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017) was put together during the year after the demise of this outstanding conductor. It is intended mainly as a recollection of this extraordinary musician and person. His life can be briefly described by enumerating the greatest of his achievements (Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, appearances at the MET, Glyndebourne, etc.; holder of the CBE title). The Maestro himself may have preferred a sharing of memories to recordings; yet the set of twenty-three pieces taken from the almost three hundred pieces from Supraphon archives and recorded in the years 1971-2016 is a wonderful illustration of Bělohlávek’s professional maturing. They capture him as a conductor of several leading Czech orchestras, beginning with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (the energetic performance of Janáček of 1977 appearing on CD for the first time) and concluding with the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia. In the very centre of Bělohlávek’s repertoire we find compositions by Dvořák (From the New World), Smetana (My Country), Suk, Janáček and, notably, Martinů, whom he introduced to the world. The collection is enriched by several side-steps into other areas of repertoire including Mozart, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók, which documents the amazing scope of the conductor’s focus. Please accept our invitation to an encounter with Jiří Bělohlávek, who loved music above anything else and served it with the loyalty of a knight till the very end.

Crucial as well as unknown recordings of Jiří Bělohlávek; a recollection of the most prominent Czech conductor of the second half of the 20th century.

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