Czech Phil – April 28, 2011 Concert – Jiri Belohlavek, Cond. – part 1
Czech Phil – April 28, 2011 Concert – Jiri Belohlavek, Cond. – Part 2
A historic concert from recent years this week. The celebrated Czech Philharmonic under its Music Director Jiri Belohlavek in music by native composers; Bohuslav Martinu, Karel Ancerl, Vitezslav Novak and Antonin Dvorak. It was recorded by Czech Radio on April 28, 2011 in honor of the orchestras 100th year and relayed to Radio Nacional España shortly after.
The Czech Philharmonic has always been regarded as one of the worlds great orchestras. From the halcyon days of Vaclav Talich (1919-1941) to more recent times of Rafael Kubelík (1942–1948), Karel Ančerl (1950–1968), Václav Neumann (1968–1989), Jiří Bělohlávek (1990–1992), Gerd Albrecht (1993–1996), Vladimir Ashkenazy (1996–2003), Zdeněk Mácal (2003–2007),and Eliahu Inbal (2009-2012), the orchestra has been one of the most respected and revered organizations. Not without its controversies, but then what orchestra hasn’t? The road which brought Belohlavek to the orchestra for example, was certainly a complicated one, but he became Music Director in 2010 and has been with them ever since. But they have had a long history, one which has been covered from the earliest days of recording to the most recent and countless recordings from their prestigious output have been benchmarks in interpretation and recording, winning widespread praise from critics and highly prized collectors items from their earliest period.
This week’s concert is spread out over two players and it features the following:
Part 1 (Top player)
1. Martinu: Overture
2. Ancerel: Sinfonietta
Part 2 (Bottom player)
1. Novak: Moravian Suite
2. Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel
I originally ran this concert in 2012 via my other site, but it appears to be missing, and it seemed like a good idea to run it again. It’s a memorable concert by a great orchestra, with works you don’t usually hear in concert these days.
Certainly qualifies for Anti-Road Rage Wednesday consideration.