Janácek Day: Introduction



A celebration of the 150th birthday of the Czech composer Leos Janácek, born July 3rd 1854, presented by Dennis Marks and John Tusa, and beginning with the compsoer's Fanfares from Sinfonietta.

The day will feature complete performances and highlights from Janácek's greatest works, including complete acts from his mature operas, and the whole of The Cunning Little Vixen, its three acts spread across the day in three different recordings.

There'll be live commentary from some of Janácek's leading champions, including stage director David Pountney and soprano Kathryn Harries.

Plus insights from other Janácek performers and experts worldwide, including conductors Mark Elder and Charles Mackerras, singers Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Elisabeth Söderström, Philip Langridge and Graham Clark, and Janácek scholars like Michael Beckerman, Geoffrey Chew and his biographers John Tyrrell and Mirka Zemanova. Plus a variety of 'Janácek postcards' from Janácek enthusiasts, including writers Ivan Klima and Milan Kundera, and Janácek's students Rudolf Firkusny and Vilem Tausky.

The day climaxes with a concert conducted by the greatest Janácek interpreter of the last 50 years, Sir Charles Mackerras.