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Janácek from the
Czech Philharmonic -
recommended by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'It's good to hear Neumann in such fine form.'

Janáček: Amarus; The Cunning Little Vixen, orchestral suite; From the house of the dead - prelude and orchestral suite. © 2015 Praga Digitals

'Václav Neumann conducts Leoš Janáček', the back of the jewel box proclaims — well, for most of the program, anyway. Since the early 1990s, the Praga Digitals label, based in Paris, has performed a tremendous service by issuing concert performances by Czech artists; I used to enjoy finding their discs on my travels in the Czech lands. In this instance, I suspect there simply weren't enough Neumann Janáček performances for a CD-length program. So, as a makeweight to the conductor's 1974 and 1979 performances, the producers have added František Jílek's 1988 account of his own orchestral suite from Janáček's opera From the House of the Dead...

Copyright © 30 May 2016 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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JANÁČEK: AMARUS; CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN ORCHESTRAL SUITE

LEOS JANACEK

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

CZECH PHILHARMONIC

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

CHORAL MUSIC

VOCAL MUSIC

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