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CHAN 5142

Janacek: Orchestral Works, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet



Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Gunnar Herleif Nilsen

(Assistant: NRK)

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 63:15
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Sinfonietta, JW VI/18 (1926)

  for Orchestra  
1 I Allegretto - Allegro - Maestoso 2:07
2 II Andante - Allegretto - Meno mosso - Più mosso - Meno mosso - Più mosso - 6:10
3 III Moderato - Con moto - Tempo I - Più mosso - L'istesso tempo - Prestissimo - 5:16
4 IV Allegretto - Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Presto - Meno mosso - Andante - 3:00
5 V Allegro - Meno mosso - Più mosso - Maestoso - Tempo I - Allegretto - 6:35

Capriccio, JW VII/12 (1926)

  for piano left hand, flute/piccolo, two trumperts, three trombones, and tenor tuba  
  Ingela Øien flute  
  Gary Peterson trumpet  
  Jon Behncke trumpet  
  Christopher Dudley trombone  
  Øyvind Hage trombone  
  Kjell Erik Husom bass trombone  
  Hans Andreas Kjølberg tenor tuba  
6 I Allegro - Vivace - Maestoso - Tempo I - Meno mosso - Presto - 4:59
7 II Adagio - Vivo - Tempo I - Vivo, un poco più mosso - Più mosso - Tempo I - 5:11
8 III Allegretto - Allegro - Allegretto - Tempo I - [Meno] - Meno mosso 3:34
9 IV Andante - [ ] - Tempo I - Maestoso, vivo - Moderato - Presto - Adagio - Maestoso - 6:10

Suite from 'The Cunning Little Vixen', JW I/9 (final revisions 2008)

  for Orchestra  
  Original version prepared by Václav Talich (1883-1961), expanded, and with original orchestration restored, by Sir Charles Mackerras (1925-2010)  
10 I The forest. Andante - [ ] - Tempo I - Allegro - Tempo di Walzer - 9:50
  The Gamekeeper catches the Vixen. Meno mosso - Più mosso - Allegro -  
11 II The Vixen at the Gamekeeper's farmyard. Andante - 10:23
  Presto - Allegro - Tempo I -  
  The Vixen dreams. Moderato - Adagio - Un poco  
  The Vixen escapes. Allegro - Un poco più mosso - Più mosso - Più mosso - Presto  
  TT 64:05      
 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano
 Edward Gardner
  10-12 March 2014  

Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in the opening volume in their series devoted to orchestral works by Leoš Janácek. It features three pieces that originate in Janácek’s late period, when his passionate feelings for Kamila Stösslová, thirty-seven years his junior, inspired an extraordinary flowering of his creative genius.
The Sinfonietta is one of Janácek’s most successful and popular works, famed for its opening movement, a brazen fanfare scored for a phalanx of brass with timpani. The remaining four movements, full of character, celebrate Janácek’s adopted town of Brno, blending occasional reflection with high-voltage exuberance.
Scored unusually for left-hand piano and an ensemble of brass and flute, the Capriccio is remarkable even among Janácek’s distinctive late works. Its overall effect is mercurial and capricious, in the composer’s words: ‘whimsical, all wilfulness and witticisms’. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet employs his formidable technique and interpretative flair in the solo part.
The Cunning Little Vixen, Janácek’s opera from 1923, was not universally well received at first. 
A number of its orchestral interludes, however, were immediately popular and after Janácek’s death in 1928 Václav Talich, a leading Czech conductor, extracted an orchestral suite, re-orchestrated by two young colleagues. Recently Sir Charles Mackerras restored Janácek’s striking original orchestration, the version recorded here.

 “… this recording has some interesting things to say about Janacek, and I look forward to hearing more. Playing and sound are excellent…”

Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – March/April 2015

 “…This is a reference recording … Wonderful music, beautifully performed and recorded.”

Graham Rickson – – 31 January 2015

“…the players are brilliant and the sound is glorious, very skilfully recorded… Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs dazzling feats of virtuosity with a truly exacting solo part; and the extraordinary, fascinating textures are displayed by both artists and the recording engineers…”

John Warrack – Gramophone magazine – December 2014


"...Gardner’s way with Janácek’s music is not the only way – but it’s pretty persuasive. The Bergen Philharmonic offer excellent playing throughout this programme and Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well–focused sound. I listened to the SACD layer of this hybrid discs with very satisfactory results. John Tyrrell’s notes are a model of their kind. This, I suspect, is going to be a rewarding series to follow and this first disc is an auspicious start. I wonder what will come next. I note that Edward Gardner is conducting the Glagolitic Mass in Birmingham and Bergen in March next year so I hope very much that a recording of that blazing masterpiece is on the agenda."

John Quinn - - 25 November 2014

 "...This glowing and revealing music is done proud in this present recording."

Colin Anderson - - September 2014

                            Performance (Sinfonietta)  ****     (Rest) *****          Recording ****

“… a thoroughly satisfying performance. Altogether this is a most promising start to an excellent project.”

Jan Smaczny – BBC Music magazine – Christmas 2014


“… this disc can be warmly recommended  …”

Richard Whitehouse – International Record Review – November 2014

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