Janáček, Leoš

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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One of the most influential (and underrated) Czech composers, Leoš Janáček created a deeply original style of composition that infused his operas, string quartets, and symphonic music with Moravian and Slavic folk influences. We start this week listening to his charming intimate Nursery Rhymes, White Goat Gathers Pears and Beetroot Was Getting Married, performed by The Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Each hour of the week continues with a wonderful sample of Janáček’s works handpicked by Bill McGlaughlin.

Playlist

Episode 1

Leoš Janáček: Nursery Rhymes
Introduction; Beetroot Was Getting Married; White Goat Gathers Pears; Frankie Boy
Netherlands Wind Ensemble/Fischer
Music For Wind Ensemble
Chandos 9399; 1:52, 1:06

Leoš Janáček: Idyll, II & IV
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown
Bartok: Divertimento · Janacek: Idyll
Chandos 9816; 6:04

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, III (excerpt)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown
Holberg Suite / Music For Strings
Virgin 45224; :20

Leoš Janáček: Zdenka’s Variations, Op. 1
Firkusny, piano
On The Overgrown Path • In The Mists • Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • Thema Con Variazioni
DG 449764; 8:52

Leoš Janáček: Suite for String Orchestra, III & IV
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown
Bartok: Divertimento · Janacek: Idyll
Chandos 9816; 3:59

Leoš Janáček: Taras Bulba
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Kubelik
Kubelík – Artist Profile – Bartók, Martinu, Janácek Et Al
EMI 68223; 21:52, :45, :14

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Razumovsky (excerpt)
Emerson Quartet
Beethoven: The String Quartets / Emerson String Quartet [7-CD Collector’s Edition]
DG 447075; :20

Leoš Janáček: Fairy Tale, III
Joel Krosnick, violoncello; Gilbert Kalish, piano
Debussy, Janácek, Hindemith, Cowell: In the Shadow of World War I
Arabesque 6709; 2:55

Episode 2

Leoš Janáček: Along an Overgrown Path, Come With Us!”
Rudolf Firkusny
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Newton Classics 8802091; 1:22

Leoš Janáček: Jealousy (originally the overture to Jenůfa)
Czech State Philharmonic/Jose Serebrier
Janacek: Orchestral Works / Serebrier, Czech State Po
Reference Records 75; 5:42

Leoš Janáček: Sonata 1. X. 1905, From the Street
I. The Presentiment: Con moto
II. The Death: Adagio
Rudolf Firkusny, piano
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Newton Classics 8802091; 11:51

Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta
1. Fanfares; 2. Castle; 3. The Queen’s Convent; 4. Street; 5. Town Hall
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur
Dvorák: Symphony No 8; Janácek: Sinfonietta / Kurt Masur
Teldec 90847; 24:20, 2:28 excerpt

Leoš Janáček: Fairy Tale, II
Joel Krosnick, violoncello; Gilbert Kalish, piano
Debussy, Janácek, Hindemith, Cowell: In the Shadow of World War I
Arabesque 6709; 3:51

Episode 3

Leoš Janáček: Intrada for Four Violins in d minor
Marie Gajdosova, Leos Zavadilík, Antonín Formacek & Dorothea Kellerova, violins
Janacek: Unknown I
Supraphon 111878; 1:05

Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Guarneri Quartet
Janácek: String Quartets / Guarneri Quartet
Philips 456574; 17:18

Leoš Janáček: The Excursions of Mr. Broucek to the Moon and into the 15th Century (excerpt)
Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra/Svarovsky; soloists
Janacek: Unknown I
Supraphon 111878; 10:32

Leoš Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen (excerpts)
Vienna Philharmonic/Mackerras
Janácek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic
DG 4758670; 19:08, 1:23

Episode 4

Leos Janáček: In the Mists
Rudolf Firkusny, piano
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Newton Classics 8802091; 7:08

Leoš Janáček: Mládí
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Bartók: Divertimento, Romanian Folk Dances;
Janácek: Mládí / Orpheus CO
DG 415668; 17:19

Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters
Guarneri Quartet
Janácek: String Quartets / Guarneri Quartet
Philips 456574; 23:48, 1:04

Leoš Janáček: Along an Overgrown Path, Andante
Rudolf Firkusny, piano
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Newton Classics 8802091; 3:17

Episode 5

Leoš Janáček: March of the Blue Boys for Tabor, Voix celeste, Piccolo and Glockenspiel
Pavel Sumpik, tabor; Eva Podarilova, voix celeste. Frantisek Kantor, piccolo & Martin Oprsál, glockenspiel
Janacek: Unknown I
Supraphon 111878; 2:05

Leoš Janáček: Mass in E flat, Kyrie
Choir Of King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
Kodaly: Missa Brevis; Janacek: Mass in E flat; The Lord’s Prayer Otcenas
EMI 49092; 4:52

Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass
1. Uvod (Introduction); 2. Gospodi Pomiluji (Kyrie); 3. Slava (Gloria); 4. Veruju (Credo); 5. Svet (Sanctus); 6. Agnece Bozij (Agnus Dei); 7. Varhany Solo (organ Solo); 8. Intrada
Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik
DG 463 672; 23:08, 15:06

Leoš Janáček: I’m Waiting for You
Ales Bartá, harmonium
Janacek: Unknown I
Supraphon 111878; :45

Leoš Janáček: Waiting for You! (Sketch for Piano)
Rudolph Firkusny, piano
Janacek: Unknown I
Supraphon 111878; :50

Leoš Leos Janácek: In the Mists, III & IV
Rudolf Firkusny, piano
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Newton Classics 8802091; :21, 6:43