[ Naxos / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 20 February 2009
"These are fine performances and stunningly dynamic recordings, with some fine low drum rumbles and plenty of sparkle and colour in the spectrum." (MusicWeb April 2009)
"These are fine performances and stunningly dynamic recordings, with some fine low drum rumbles and plenty of sparkle and colour in the spectrum... If you want some refreshingly new orchestral music and an alternative view on Janáček then this is a very strong contender indeed."
(MusicWeb April 2009)
"I've never heard these operas, so I can't attest to the authenticity of Mr. Breiner's arrangements, but both these suites are pregnant with glorious melodies, theatrical flourishes and brilliant orchestrations. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plays well and the recording is excellent. A delightful disc, especially if you've never encountered Janacek's music."
(AudAud.com Dec 2011)
The operas of Leoš Janácek have been gaining their rightful place in major opera houses the world over.
First staged in 1904, Jenufa, a powerful tragedy set in a Moravian village, launched Janácek's operatic career.
The Excursions of Mr Broucek, which had its première in 1920, is his most candidly satirical opera, rich in high jinks as the bumptious Prague publican travels to the Moon and back to the 15th century.
Peter Breiner, who created the compelling orchestral suites heard on this disc, conducts these world première recordings.
Jenufa Suite (arr. P. Breiner)
I. Uz se veuer chyli - 04:11
II. Vseci sa zenija - Kazdy parek - 05:39
III. Neni ti teskno, Jenufko? - 04:59
IV. Daleko siroko - 04:00
V. Panbuh rau dat dobry den - 07:29
VI. Odesli - 04:39
The Excursions of Mr Broucek Suite (arr. P. Breiner)
I. Matthew Broucek - 05:15
II. There is the Moon - 09:47
III. Valses and Other Dances - 08:21
IV. Visitor from Earth - 06:13
V. Those Who are the Warriors of God - 09:06