Talich Edition 17 - Janacek, Suk, Dvorak, Smetana

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3837
Format: CD

Václav Talich speaking, recordings of parts of rehearsal – Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 9 bonus Blodek: In the Well (V studni) – Overture Dvorak: The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196) Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite (arr. V. Talich) Kovarovic: Miners' Polka Smetana: Má Vlast (part of the 1929 recording: Vyšehrad, Vltava, Šárka) Libuse Overture Nasim devám, polka for orchestra in D major The Prague Carnival - Introduction & Polonaise The Two Widows – Recitative and Aria of Anežka, Act II Suk: A Fairy Tale, Op. 16 (The Game of the Swans and the Peacocks)

A 2-CD set!
The final title in the Talich Special Edition series is a sort of chronological cross-section of Talich's recordings. It opens with the symphonic poem Sarka, recorded in 1929 when Talich first caught the recording bug, accepting an offer from His Master's Voice to record Smetana's complete My Country with the Czech Philharmonic. The recording presents Talich at the peak of his powers, standing at the head of his polished and devoted Czech Philharmonic and lauded as one of the greatest directors on the European continent. Talich and the Czech Philharmonic also recorded a remarkable series of Czech compositions (including the Slavonic Dances, Prague Carnival, and Suk's Serenade for String Orchestra) during the 1930's in London. The recording of the overture to Smetana's Libuse, an opera whose performance had long been forbidden by the Nazis, dates from 1940-41. Rare recordings from rehearsals give us a unique glimpse into Talich's creative process.

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