Leoš Janácek – Recommended Recordings

Glagolitic Mass and Taras Bulba, Supraphon SU 3667-2911 [HA25](Karel An ˇcerl Gold Edition Vol. 7)

Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba, the Karel An ˇcerl recordings have been available in different Supraphon combinations, and also on Fidelio 1852

The Danube; Moravian Dances; Suite, op. 3, Naxos 8. 555245

String Quartets nos. 1 & 2, The outstanding 1962 Grand Prix du Disc performances by the Janá ˇcek Quartet have resurfaced on several labels, licensed by Supraphon, or are sporadically available on that label. The Talich Quartet also gives moving performances [HA26]on a currently unavailable Calliope CD, which has just been re-released on La Dolce Volta 256.

In any case there are some 50 versions of the two quartets, often paired on the same CD, from every string quartet worth its salt. The music is so good, that they rarely get less than the best from the Quartets that tackle it.

[HA27] Káta[HA27] Kabanová, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elis-
abeth Söderström, Peter Dvorsky, Eva Randova, Lucia Popp et al., Decca 475

Jenufa, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elisabeth Söderström,

Wieslav Ochman, Peter Dvorsky, Eva Randova, Lucia Popp et al., Decca 475 8227

From the House of the Dead, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic,

Dalibor Jedlicka, Jirí Zahradnícek, Ivo Zidec, Václav Zítek et al., Decca 478 5790

The Cunning Little Vixen, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Lucia Popp, Eva Randová, Dalibor Jedlicka et al., Decca 475 8670

The Makropulos Affair, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elisabeth Söderström, Peter Dvorsky, Beno Blachut et al., Decca 478 1711

These five operas are gathered in a budget nine-CD Decca box (475 6872) but, alas, without libretti.

Opera suites; Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Lachiaan Dances, José Serebrier,

Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra, Reference Recordings 2103

[HA28] On[HA28] an Overgrown Path, Sonata, Concertino, Capriccio, Rafael

Kibelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Firkušnyý,

Deutsche Gramophon 449 7642

Piano Works, Concertino and Capriccio, Deutsche Gramophon 449
764-2

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Glagolitic Mass and Taras Bulba—Supraphon SU 3667-2911 (Karel Ancerl Gold Edition Vol. 7)

Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba—the Karel An ˇcerl recordings have been available in different Supraphon combinations, and also on Fidelio 1852

The Danube; Moravian Dances; Suite, Op. 3—Naxos 8. 555245

String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2—The outstanding 1962 Grand Prix du

Disc performances by the Janá ˇcek Quartet have resurfaced on several labels, licensed by Supraphon, or are sporadically available on that label. The Talich Quartet also gives moving performances on a currently unavailable Calliope CD, which has just been re-released on La Dolce Volta 256.

In any case there are some 50 versions of the two quartets, often paired on the same CD, from every string quartet worth its salt. The music is so good, that they rarely get less than the best from the Quartets [ jfl2] that tackle it.[ jfl2]

Káta Kabanová, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elisabeth Söderström, Peter Dvorsky, Nadezda Kniplová et al.—Decca 475 7518

Jenufa, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elisabeth Söderström,

Wieslav Ochman, Peter Dvorsky, Eva Randova, Lucia Popp et al.—

Decca 475 8227

From the House of the Dead, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic,

Dalibor Jedlicka, Jirí Zahradnícek, Ivo Zidec, Václav Zítek et al.— Decca 478 5790

The Cunning Little Vixen, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Lucia Popp, Eva Randová, Dalibor Jedlicka et al.,—Decca 475 8670

The Makropulos Affair, Charles Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic, Elisabeth Söderström, Peter Dvorsky, Beno Blachut et al.—Decca 478 1711

These 5 operas are gathered in a budget 9-CD Decca box (475 6872) but, alas, without libretti.

Opera Suites; Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Lachian Dances, Jose Serebrier, Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra—Reference Recordings 2103

On an Overgrown Path, Sonata, Concertino, Capriccio, Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Firkusný—Deutsche

Gramophon 449 7642

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[ jfl2] [ jfl2]The Second Quartet was originally written with the viola d’amore in mind. The Mandelring Quartet (Audite 92545) not only offers two superb modern readings of the quartets in conventional form, but also in its very subtly different, ambient version with that delicate instrument the distinguishing features of which is its set of ‘‘sympathetic strings’’.

(I’m not sure about writing ‘‘oh, just grab any ol’ copy’’. Kind of goes against the very grain of much of this book. Instead something like this: Panocha Quartet (Supraphon 3906) and Pavel Haas Quartet (Suprao-hon 3877 & 3922, coupled with the ummissable quartets of the group’s namesake) are among the easiest recommendations.)

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