A Festival Of Fucik
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid
ROYAL NATIONAL SCOTTISH ORCHESTRA JARVI
The RSNO and its laureate conductor Neeme Järvi tackle the romantic Czech composer: Julius Fučík, famous for his more than 400 polkas, marches, and waltzes, some of the best of which are featured here. Playing in Austrian regiments, Fučík gained invaluable experience of writing for military band, becoming a very prolific composer of marches, the most famous of these the Entry of the Gladiators (1899). Full of energetic, effervescent Bohemian cross-rhythms, tuneful brass melodies (often now associated with a circus atmosphere), but also more lyrical expressions, this album is itself a festival.