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Leos Janacek.

Leos Janacek

Lasske tance [Lachian Dances], Suita pro smyccovy orchestr [Suite for String Orchestra], Idyla [Idyll]

Brno Philharmonic, Frantisek Jilek. Production: music direction Jaroslav Rybar (1-6), Vladimir Koronthaly (7-17). Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Cz. Recorded: 1991 (7-17) and 1992 (1-6), Studio Stadion Brno. Released: 2006. TT: 70:39. DDD. 1 CD Supraphon SU 3886-2.

Leos Janacek was unique in his long intellectual and creative journey to the very source of music. A taste for simple folk song opened a new chapter in the music of the Moravian composer, the roots of which are connected with the work of Frantisek Bartos, the collector of Moravian songs. The composer's native Hukvaldy, as well as other Lassko and Wallachian villages, became Janacek's main musical source. He recorded almost everything in full--from melodies, text and instrumental accompaniment even to the dance steps. The inspiration of original folklore was soon embodied in his five dances entitled Lachian Dances, originally called Wallachian Dances. At first only parts were premiered, and the complete set was not presented until the summer of 1891 at the Ethnographic Exhibition in Prague, together with a text by the writer Jan Herben and in the form of ballet Rakocz Rakoczy. The Suite for String Orchestra of 1877 is one of the earliest surviving compositions by Janacek. Soon afterwards he wrote another work for string orchestra; the seven-movement Idyll of 1878 was literally christened by Antonin Dvorak, who attended the premiere conducted by Janacek himself. Frantisek Jilek, who is deeply familiar with many of their works, has done much to promote the music of Smetana and Janacek. He has conducted the complete operas of both composers, and many years working with leading music ensembles in Moravian towns has given him a sensitive understanding of the character of Janacek's music. The Brno Philharmonic supports the conductor's concept skilfully and to the full, and some of its renderings of Janacek's works can be regarded as definitive.

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Author:Komarkova, Michaela
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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