Karel Ancerl: Gold Edition Vol 43-46

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3944
Format: CD

Borkovec: Symphony No. 2 Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 English text read by Eric Shilling Dobiáš: Build your country, strengthen peace (Buduj vlast, posílíš mír) Cantata based on the text by F. Halas (1950) Eben: Piano Concerto Frantisek Rauch (piano) Hurnik: The Four Seasons Ondráš - Music for the ballet Jirko: Piano Concerto No. 3 in G major Vikterie Svihllikova (piano) Kalabis: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 17 Vaclav Snitil (violin) Kalaš: Slavik a ruze (The Nightingale and the Rose), symphonic poem after Oscar Wilde, Op. 81 Kapr: In the Soviet Land (V sovetské zemi) - cantata Seidel, J: Oboe Concerto Josef Shejbal (oboe)

A 4 CD set!
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the conductor Karel Ancerl the "final word" remains to be said within the Ancerl Gold Edition. The four CDs sum up the work of Ancerl's contemporaries, with the exception of Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", that of Czech composers. The set bears unprecedented witness to the 1950s and 1960s, the period when the Communist powers that be decided on taste and composition trends, and when the criterion for acceptance or rejection of a work was its "mass appeal" and the degree of consonance with the "Socialist Realism" style. The excellent Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with its internationally sought-after conductor is here involuntarily in the services of propagandist kitsch (Dobias's cantata "Build Up Your Country to Reinforce the Peace", Kapr's panegyric cantata "In the Soviet Country"). However, concurrently originating were also a number of recordings of remarkable works by composers who were able to withstand ideological pressures. Alongside folklore inspiration (evident, for example, in the ballet "Ondras" by Ilja Hurnik and Seidl's oboe concerto), neoclassical influences and "genetic" linkages to the work of Janacek, Dvorak, Suk and Novak were still palpable, while also present was the seeking of a singular and contemporary musical language (Eben, Borkovec, Kalabis). Paradoxically, today's young composers could envy their counterparts of half a century ago - many a time their compositions experienced paramount concert performance and recording within a short time from the last note drying out in the score. The 4 CD set mapping the post-February 1948 Czech compositional scene rounds off the Ancerl Gold Edition - a testimony of an epoch of our modern musical history.

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