Leos Janacek (1854-1928)

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01*20100222

Donald Macleod on Janacek's 70th birthday year, when he was headed for emotional ruin.

Forget pipe and slippers. In 1924, Leos Janacek (1854-1928) careened into his eighth and final decade with an almost rock star-like abandon: sleepwalking through his own personal erotic fantasy as his personal life crashed catastrophically around him. His was in love: infatuated to the point of madness with a woman nearly four decades younger, the very much married Mrs Kamila Stösslová.

Meanwhile, as his long-suffering wife endured almost unbearable torrents of gossip, insults and casual misogyny (can you believe I wrote this piece with such a stupid wife!", he quipped to a group of admirers one evening), the composer almost blithely tossed off a series of career-defining masterpieces - all written at breathtaking, almost breakneck speed.

This week, Donald Macleod explores the brilliant, tempestuous last five years of classical music's 'anti-prodigy' - the seventysomething whose obsessive love inspired him to create some of the finest works of the 20th century. We'll hear a near-comprehensive list of Janacek's final works: from the astonishing Sinfonietta and Glagolitic Mass, written just months apart, to extended excerpts from Janacek's last great trio of operas: "The Cunning Little Vixen", "The Makropoulos Affair" and "From The House Of The Dead".

We'll also hear both of Janacek's String Quartets - each intimately related to his illicit relationship with Kamila - as well as concerti for violin and piano, and surely one of the strangest pieces in all classical music: his "Capriccio" for left hand piano, trumpets, trombones, tuba and flute.

To begin the series, Donald Macleod catches up with Janacek in his 70th birthday year - a period when the composer was well on the way to emotional ruin.

March Of The Blue Boys, for piccolo and piano (1924)

Roberto Fabbriciani (piccolo), Massimiliano Damerini (piano)

ARTS MUSIC 47557-2 - Track 1

String Quartet no.1 "The Kreutzer Sonata" (1923-4)

Adagio

Con Moto

Talich Quartet

CALLIOPE CAL 9333 - Tracks 5-8

Mladi ("Youth") (excerpt) (1924)

Moderato - 5'05''

Members of the London Sinfonietta / David Atherton

DECCA 4303752 - Disc 2, Tracks 6-10

The Cunning Little Vixen (Act I excerpt)(1921-23, fp 1924)'

Prelude

"Going To Be A Storm Soon"

"Come On, Old Lady, And Let's Get The Show Started"

"Mummy! Mummy! What Is That?"

Pantomime

Interlude

"I'm Just The Same Too"

"Look What We've Got Down 'ere"

Interlude (beginning) - (conclusion)

"You Should Take A Lesson From Me!"

"Sisters! Comrades!"

Thomas Allen (forester, baritone)

Stephen Wallder (cricket)

Shelley Nash (caterpillar)

Robert Tear (mosquito)

Piers Laurence (frog)

Rebecca Bainbridge (Vixen cub)

Lillian Watson (Vixen, soprano)

Gillian Knight (forester's wife, contralto)

Karen Shelby (dog)

Mary King (rooster)

Glenys Groves (chief hen)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Simon Rattle

CHANDOS CHAN31301 - Disc 1, Tracks 1-13."

01A Very Strange Fairytale20160815

01A Very Strange Fairytale20160815

Donald Macleod explores Janacek's youth with a selection of rare chamber works. Including extracts from his sparkling Nursery Rhymes for choir and ensemble.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

We begin the series with Janacek's youth and musical upbringing in his native Moravia, as he makes his name as a composer and woos his wife Zdenka - his future companion of nearly half a century of turbulent married life. Donald Macleod presents a selection of music written during his studies in Leipzig - city of Bach and Mendelssohn, a set of variations for his new beloved, and a mature masterpiece looking back on his own idyllic youth.

Introduction; The Beetroot Got Married (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

Sonnet (Znelka) for four violins

Members of the Wroclaw Orchestra Leopoldinum, violins

Mládi (Youth)

Claude Debussy WInd Quintet, Bruno Martinez (bass clarinet)

Variations for Zdenka, Op 1

Rudolf Firkušny, piano

Romance and Dumka

Ulf Wallin, violin

Roland Pöntinen, piano

There's Nothing Better than the Springtime; The Mole Creeps; Karel Rode Off To Hell; Ripped Trousers (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

01A Very Strange Fairytale20160815

Donald Macleod explores Janacek's youth with a selection of rare chamber works. Including extracts from his sparkling Nursery Rhymes for choir and ensemble.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

We begin the series with Janacek's youth and musical upbringing in his native Moravia, as he makes his name as a composer and woos his wife Zdenka - his future companion of nearly half a century of turbulent married life. Donald Macleod presents a selection of music written during his studies in Leipzig - city of Bach and Mendelssohn, a set of variations for his new beloved, and a mature masterpiece looking back on his own idyllic youth.

Introduction; The Beetroot Got Married (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

Sonnet (Znelka) for four violins

Members of the Wroclaw Orchestra Leopoldinum, violins

Mládi (Youth)

Claude Debussy WInd Quintet, Bruno Martinez (bass clarinet)

Variations for Zdenka, Op 1

Rudolf Firkušny, piano

Romance and Dumka

Ulf Wallin, violin

Roland Pöntinen, piano

There's Nothing Better than the Springtime; The Mole Creeps; Karel Rode Off To Hell; Ripped Trousers (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

01Folklorist and Teacher20140721

Donald Macleod focuses on the early years of Janacek's multi-faceted career.

For most of his life, Leoš Janácek was known primarily as a folklorist and teacher and didn't achieve international recognition as a composer until he was into his sixties. He was a man of immense drive and determination and, alongside his passion for the folk music of his native Moravia, Janácek improved the standard of music-making and music education in Brno where he spent most of his life.

Donald Macleod introduces works from the years leading up to Janacek's first big success including a sample of the wealth of folk songs he collected, a ghostly orchestral ballad, a piano piece written at a time of personal and professional crisis, and part of the opera which finally put Janácek's career as a serious composer firmly on the map.

01Folklorist and Teacher20140721

For most of his life, Leoš Janácek was known primarily as a folklorist and teacher and didn't achieve international recognition as a composer until he was into his sixties. He was a man of immense drive and determination and, alongside his passion for the folk music of his native Moravia, Janácek improved the standard of music-making and music education in Brno where he spent most of his life.

Donald Macleod introduces works from the years leading up to Janacek's first big success including a sample of the wealth of folk songs he collected, a ghostly orchestral ballad, a piano piece written at a time of personal and professional crisis, and part of the opera which finally put Janácek's career as a serious composer firmly on the map.

Donald Macleod focuses on the early years of Janacek's multi-faceted career.

0220100223

Donald Macleod presents music of the open air and the story of a woman six centuries old.

In today's episode, Donald Macleod explores music of the open air - and the story of a woman six centuries old...

Janacek's Danube" symphony was left unfinished at his death - all that remains of a planned trip down the river with his beloved Kamila that never came to fruition.

Meanwhile, the composer's Concertino for piano stands as one of his most charming works - full of filigree flourishes and charming melodies inspired by a spring spent in the idyllic countryside of Eastern Czechoslovakia.

We end with the climactic scene of the composer's penultimate opera - the tragic case of Emila Marty, doomed to live forever, in the legal drama "The Makropoulos Affair"

Dunaj ("Danube") - Symphony in Four Movements (mid 1920s)

I.

Andante

II.

III.

Allegro

IV.

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra / Franti?ek Jilek

SUPRAPHON 1115222 - Tracks 6-9

Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra (1925)

Moderato

Piu Mosso

Con Moto

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Kubelik

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4762196 - Tracks 4-7

The Makropulos Affair (Act III excerpt)(1923-5, fp 1926)

"The seal and th'initials E.M."

"Fetch the doctor!"

Cheryl Barker (Emilia Marty, soprano)

Neal Davies (Dr Kolenaty, bass-baritone)

John Graham-Hall (Vitek, tenor)

Elena Xanthoudakis (Kristina, soprano)

Robert Brubaker (Gregor, tenor)

Thomas Walker (Prus, tenor)

ENO Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

CHANDOS CHAN3138 - Disc 2, Tracks 3-4."

0220100223

Donald Macleod presents music of the open air and the story of a woman six centuries old.

In today's episode, Donald Macleod explores music of the open air - and the story of a woman six centuries old...

Janacek's Danube" symphony was left unfinished at his death - all that remains of a planned trip down the river with his beloved Kamila that never came to fruition.

Meanwhile, the composer's Concertino for piano stands as one of his most charming works - full of filigree flourishes and charming melodies inspired by a spring spent in the idyllic countryside of Eastern Czechoslovakia.

We end with the climactic scene of the composer's penultimate opera - the tragic case of Emila Marty, doomed to live forever, in the legal drama "The Makropoulos Affair"

Dunaj ("Danube") - Symphony in Four Movements (mid 1920s)

I.

Andante

II.

III.

Allegro

IV.

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra / Franti?ek Jilek

SUPRAPHON 1115222 - Tracks 6-9

Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra (1925)

Moderato

Piu Mosso

Con Moto

Rudolf Firkusny (piano)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Kubelik

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4762196 - Tracks 4-7

The Makropulos Affair (Act III excerpt)(1923-5, fp 1926)

"The seal and th'initials E.M."

"Fetch the doctor!"

Cheryl Barker (Emilia Marty, soprano)

Neal Davies (Dr Kolenaty, bass-baritone)

John Graham-Hall (Vitek, tenor)

Elena Xanthoudakis (Kristina, soprano)

Robert Brubaker (Gregor, tenor)

Thomas Walker (Prus, tenor)

ENO Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras

CHANDOS CHAN3138 - Disc 2, Tracks 3-4."

02Beloved Moravia20160816

02Beloved Moravia20160816

Donald Macleod tells the tragic story of the death of Janacek's daughter Olga, and the effect it had on the composer.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

By the first decade of the 20th century, Janacek was nearly 50 years old and yet had barely registered as a ripple on Europe's musical scene. As he struggled to make his name, his world was to be shattered by the death of his only daughter, Olga. Donald Macleod introduces a politically-charged piano sonata, plus a defiant - and highly-unusual - capriccio for piano left hand and ensemble.

Celadenky (Three Moravian Folk Dances)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion

Pilky; Ej, danaj! (Three Moravian Folk Dances)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion

Sonata 1.X.1905

Karim Said, piano

Capriccio (Defiance)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Members of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra:

Ingela Øien, flute

Gary Peterson & Jon Behncke, trumpets

Christopher Dudley & Øyvind Hage, trombones

Kjell Erik Husom, bass trombone

Hans Andreas Kjølberg, tenor tuba

Kantor Halfar

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Josef Veselka, conductor

Franta the Knacker's Son Played the Bass Fiddle; Our Dog, Our Dog; I'm Giving a Little Talk; The Old Woman was Making Magic (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

02Beloved Moravia20160816

Donald Macleod tells the tragic story of the death of Janacek's daughter Olga, and the effect it had on the composer.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

By the first decade of the 20th century, Janacek was nearly 50 years old and yet had barely registered as a ripple on Europe's musical scene. As he struggled to make his name, his world was to be shattered by the death of his only daughter, Olga. Donald Macleod introduces a politically-charged piano sonata, plus a defiant - and highly-unusual - capriccio for piano left hand and ensemble.

Celadenky (Three Moravian Folk Dances)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion

Pilky; Ej, danaj! (Three Moravian Folk Dances)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion

Sonata 1.X.1905

Karim Said, piano

Capriccio (Defiance)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Members of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra:

Ingela Øien, flute

Gary Peterson & Jon Behncke, trumpets

Christopher Dudley & Øyvind Hage, trombones

Kjell Erik Husom, bass trombone

Hans Andreas Kjølberg, tenor tuba

Kantor Halfar

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Josef Veselka, conductor

Franta the Knacker's Son Played the Bass Fiddle; Our Dog, Our Dog; I'm Giving a Little Talk; The Old Woman was Making Magic (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

02Kamila20140722

02Kamila20140722

Janácek first encountered Kamila Stösslová in 1917. His passion for this married woman, less than half his age, transformed the last decade of his life and spurred him on to greater heights of creativity. Donald Macleod introduces two works whose heroines were inspired by Kamila - a song-cycle in which a young farmer deserts his family to live with a beautiful gypsy girl, and an opera whose gentle heroine is unable to resist the temptation of an illicit affair with tragic consequences.

02Kamila20140722

Janácek first encountered Kamila Stösslová in 1917. His passion for this married woman, less than half his age, transformed the last decade of his life and spurred him on to greater heights of creativity. Donald Macleod introduces two works whose heroines were inspired by Kamila - a song-cycle in which a young farmer deserts his family to live with a beautiful gypsy girl, and an opera whose gentle heroine is unable to resist the temptation of an illicit affair with tragic consequences.

03*20100224

Donald Macleod explores Janacek's Sinfonietta - and two rarely heard curios.

Donald Macleod presents Leos Janacek's most celebrated - and spectacular - orchestral work: the Sinfonietta, inspired by military bands in Pisek, home town of the composer's muse Kamila. He also explores Janacek's trip to the UK in 1926, and dips into two of the composer's least-heard (and most peculiar) pieces; first, there's a handful of Nursery Rhymes for instrumental ensemble - full of surreal images of vegetables getting married and grandmothers in bushes - with the programme ending with the unique Capriccio for piano left hand, brass and flute.

Sinfonietta (1926)

Philharmonia / Simon Rattle

EMI CDC7475042 - Tracks 1-5

Nursery Rhymes, for nine singing voices and chamber ensemble, to the words of anonymous rhymes (1925-7)

Introduction - 0'30''

I. The beetroot got married - 1'19''

III. The Mole Creeps - 0'59''

IV. Karel Rode Off To Hell - 0'31''

VI. Franta the knacker's son played bass-fiddle - 0'59''

IX. The Old Woman Was Making Magic - 0'34''

XII. Granny's Crawling Into The Elder Bush - 0'22''

XV. A Goat Is Lying In The Hay - 0'36''

XVII. Frantik, Frantik - 0'22''

XVIII. Finale - The Bear Sat On A Tree Trunk - 1'33''

David Campbell, Ian Mitchell (clarinets), New London Chamber Choir and ensemble / James Wood

HYPERION CDA66893 - Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 19

Capriccio (Defiance") for piano left hand, flute, two trumpets, three trombones and tenor tuba (1926, fp 1928)

Allegro

Adagio

Allegretto

Andante

Mikhail Rudy (piano)

Soloists of the Opera Nationale De Paris / Sir Charles Mackerras

EMI 237606 - Disc 2, Tracks 34-37."

03A Passionate Nature20140723

03A Passionate Nature20140723

One of Janácek's favourite places was the peaceful village of Hukvaldy where he'd been born and where, in 1921, he bought a cottage in which he could compose, away from the hectic life of Brno. Shortly afterwards he began work on the opera in which he was able to combine two of his passions - for the natural world which had always been an essential part of his life, and for Kamila Stösslová, the married woman with whom he became obsessed. Donald Macleod introduces this everyday tale of Vixen Sharp-Ears, and Janácek's next opera, whose enigmatic heroine was also inspired by Kamila. Elina Makropulos has lived for over three centuries and, as the elixir which has kept her alive begins to wear off, she realises that there's only one possible solution to her joyless existence.

03A Passionate Nature20140723

One of Janácek's favourite places was the peaceful village of Hukvaldy where he'd been born and where, in 1921, he bought a cottage in which he could compose, away from the hectic life of Brno. Shortly afterwards he began work on the opera in which he was able to combine two of his passions - for the natural world which had always been an essential part of his life, and for Kamila Stösslová, the married woman with whom he became obsessed. Donald Macleod introduces this everyday tale of Vixen Sharp-Ears, and Janácek's next opera, whose enigmatic heroine was also inspired by Kamila. Elina Makropulos has lived for over three centuries and, as the elixir which has kept her alive begins to wear off, she realises that there's only one possible solution to her joyless existence.

03The Overgrown Path20160817

Still languishing in obscurity and with his health failing, a dejected Janacek composes a unique piano masterpiece: his suite On an Overgrown Path. Presented by Donald Macleod.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

The first decade of the 20th century was a depressing one for Janacek. Now well into his fifties, he remained a relatively obscure composer from Moravia, without any real success in Prague, let alone internationally. His health failing, Janacek poured his innermost thoughts into a unique piano masterpiece: his suite On an Overgrown Path. Donald Macleod explores the collection, as well as a rare work for cello and piano based on a Russian folk tale.

Ho, Ho, Off Go the Cows (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

Our Evenings; A Blown-Away Leaf; Come with Us!; The Frydek Madonna; They Chattered Like Swallows (On an Overgrown Path)

Stephen Hough, piano

Pohádka (Fairy Tale)

Steven Isserlis, cello

Thomas Adès, piano

Words Fail!; Good Night!; Unutterable Anguish; In Tears; The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away (On an Overgrown Path)

My Tiny Little Wife; Granny's Crawling Into The Elder Bush; A White Goat's Picking Pears; German-Beetle Broke Some Pans (Rikadla)

03The Overgrown Path20160817

Still languishing in obscurity and with his health failing, a dejected Janacek composes a unique piano masterpiece: his suite On an Overgrown Path. Presented by Donald Macleod.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

The first decade of the 20th century was a depressing one for Janacek. Now well into his fifties, he remained a relatively obscure composer from Moravia, without any real success in Prague, let alone internationally. His health failing, Janacek poured his innermost thoughts into a unique piano masterpiece: his suite On an Overgrown Path. Donald Macleod explores the collection, as well as a rare work for cello and piano based on a Russian folk tale.

Ho, Ho, Off Go the Cows (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

Our Evenings; A Blown-Away Leaf; Come with Us!; The Frydek Madonna; They Chattered Like Swallows (On an Overgrown Path)

Stephen Hough, piano

Pohádka (Fairy Tale)

Steven Isserlis, cello

Thomas Adès, piano

Words Fail!; Good Night!; Unutterable Anguish; In Tears; The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away (On an Overgrown Path)

Stephen Hough, piano

My Tiny Little Wife; Granny's Crawling Into The Elder Bush; A White Goat's Picking Pears; German-Beetle Broke Some Pans (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

04

0420100225

Featuring Janacek's choral masterpiece, the Glagolithic Mass, and his Violin Concerto.

Had the weather had been good in the Czech Republic, circa July 1926, Janacek might never have written one of the most extraordinary choral works of the 20th century. Holed up in the spa town of Luhacovice with nothing to do, the composer set his mind to a setting of the Mass - but this was to be no ordinary one...

Donald Macleod introduces a performance of Janacek's remarkable Glagolitic Mass", uniquely written to words in the medieval language of Old Church Slavonic, and presents a work once thought incomplete at the composer's death: his Violin Concerto, subtitled "Wanderings Of A Little Soul".

Violin Concerto "The Wandering Of A Little Soul" (1926)

Ivan Zenaty (violin)

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra / Frantisek Jilek

SUPRAPHON 1115222 - Track 10

Glagolitic Mass (1926, fp 1927)

Introduction / Úvod

Kyrie Eleison / Gospodi Pomiluj

Gloria / Slava

Credo / Věruju

Sanctus / Svet

Agnus Dei / Agneče Bo?ij

Postlude

Intrada

Felicity Palmer (soprano), Ameral Gunson (mezzo), John Mitchinson (tenor), Malcolm King (bass); Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

CBSO Chorus and Orchestra / Simon Rattle

EMI CDC7475042 - Tracks 6-13."

0420100225

Featuring Janacek's choral masterpiece, the Glagolithic Mass, and his Violin Concerto.

Had the weather had been good in the Czech Republic, circa July 1926, Janacek might never have written one of the most extraordinary choral works of the 20th century. Holed up in the spa town of Luhacovice with nothing to do, the composer set his mind to a setting of the Mass - but this was to be no ordinary one...

Donald Macleod introduces a performance of Janacek's remarkable Glagolitic Mass", uniquely written to words in the medieval language of Old Church Slavonic, and presents a work once thought incomplete at the composer's death: his Violin Concerto, subtitled "Wanderings Of A Little Soul".

Violin Concerto "The Wandering Of A Little Soul" (1926)

Ivan Zenaty (violin)

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra / Frantisek Jilek

SUPRAPHON 1115222 - Track 10

Glagolitic Mass (1926, fp 1927)

Introduction / Úvod

Kyrie Eleison / Gospodi Pomiluj

Gloria / Slava

Credo / Věruju

Sanctus / Svet

Agnus Dei / Agneče Bo?ij

Postlude

Intrada

Felicity Palmer (soprano), Ameral Gunson (mezzo), John Mitchinson (tenor), Malcolm King (bass); Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

CBSO Chorus and Orchestra / Simon Rattle

EMI CDC7475042 - Tracks 6-13."

04Reminiscence20140724

04Reminiscence20140724

Donald introduces music from around the time of Janacek's 70th birthday.

04Reminiscence20140724

Janácek's 70th birthday was celebrated with concerts in Prague and Brno, the publication of his biography and an Honorary PhD from Brno University, which pleased him most of all.

Donald Macleod introduces two remarkably youthful works Janácek composed around that time - an exuberant wind sextet and a group of choral settings of nonsense rhymes he came across in the children's supplement of his local paper, as well as a rhapsodic piece for cello and piano inspired by a Russian epic poem.

04Reminiscence20140724

Janácek's 70th birthday was celebrated with concerts in Prague and Brno, the publication of his biography and an Honorary PhD from Brno University, which pleased him most of all.

Donald Macleod introduces two remarkably youthful works Janácek composed around that time - an exuberant wind sextet and a group of choral settings of nonsense rhymes he came across in the children's supplement of his local paper, as well as a rhapsodic piece for cello and piano inspired by a Russian epic poem.

Donald introduces music from around the time of Janacek's 70th birthday.

04Success!20160818

In 1916, after nearly half a century of work, Janacek finally tasted success as his opera Jenufa was performed at Prague's famous opera house. Donald Macleod explores the aftermath.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

As Europe went to war, Janacek was in the midst of what his biographer John Tyrrell called "a wasteland", as his repeated attempts to get his works performed outside his native Moravia fell on deaf ears. And then... In 1916 his opera Jenufa - composed more than a decade before - finally premiered at Prague's opera house, propelling the 61-year-old composer into the column inches and conversations of Europe's musical cognoscenti. It would precipitate perhaps the most extraordinary and turbulent final decade of any composer in history. Donald Macleod explores two major works for piano and violin, before previewing Janacek's remarkable last years with a complete performance of his First String Quartet, subtitled Kreutzer Sonata.

A Goat Is Lying in the Hay (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinberg de Leeuw, conductor

In the Mists

Ivana Gavric, piano

Violin Sonata

Vadim Repin, violin

Nikolai Lugansky, piano

String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)

Mandelring Quartet.

04Success!20160818

In 1916, after nearly half a century of work, Janacek finally tasted success as his opera Jenufa was performed at Prague's famous opera house. Donald Macleod explores the aftermath.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

As Europe went to war, Janacek was in the midst of what his biographer John Tyrrell called "a wasteland", as his repeated attempts to get his works performed outside his native Moravia fell on deaf ears. And then... In 1916 his opera Jenufa - composed more than a decade before - finally premiered at Prague's opera house, propelling the 61-year-old composer into the column inches and conversations of Europe's musical cognoscenti. It would precipitate perhaps the most extraordinary and turbulent final decade of any composer in history. Donald Macleod explores two major works for piano and violin, before previewing Janacek's remarkable last years with a complete performance of his First String Quartet, subtitled Kreutzer Sonata.

A Goat Is Lying in the Hay (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinberg de Leeuw, conductor

In the Mists

Ivana Gavric, piano

Violin Sonata

Vadim Repin, violin

Nikolai Lugansky, piano

String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)

Mandelring Quartet.

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05Your Kamila20160819

05Your Kamila20160819

Donald Macleod explores Janacek's turbulent, lovestruck, masterpiece-filled final years, as he drew inspiration from his unrequited love for Kamila Stösslová.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

Janacek's breakthrough success in the late 1910s coincided with his falling head-over-heels in love with a young married woman, Kamila Stösslova. For the last decade of his life, the composer existed in a strange, woozy idyll of unrequited love and astonishing musical fertility as he composed masterpiece upon masterpiece - among them the Sinfonietta and Glagolitic Mass and the operas Katya Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen and The Makropoulos Case - all written around his 70th birthday. Donald Macleod explores Janacek's chaotic personal life and musical genius in his final years, with a complete performance of the composer's Second String Quartet (Intimate Letters), inspired by more than 700 letters Janacek wrote to his beloved Kamila.

March of the Blue Boys

Pavel Sumpk, tabor

Eva Podarikova, celesta

Frantisek Kantor, piccolo

Martin Oprsal, glockenspiel

Concertino

Paul Crossley, piano

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton, conductor

Waiting For You!

Rudolf Firkusny, piano

String Quartet No 2 (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore)

Gunter Teuffel, viola d'amore

Members of the Mandelring Quartet

Vasek, the Rascal Drummer-Boy; Liitle Frantik; The Bear Sat On a Tree Trunk (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

05Your Kamila20160819

Donald Macleod explores Janacek's turbulent, lovestruck, masterpiece-filled final years, as he drew inspiration from his unrequited love for Kamila Stösslová.

The life of Leos Janacek (1854-1928) is one of the strangest in all classical music. Virtually ignored for most of his career, in his late 60s Janacek abruptly began to compose some of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, whilst all the time hopelessly and unrequitedly in love with a woman more than half his age, Kamila Stösslová. Yet once upon a time Janacek was best known as a composer of chamber music. This week, Donald Macleod explores the composer's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions, revealing the little-known story of his struggle for recognition.

Janacek's breakthrough success in the late 1910s coincided with his falling head-over-heels in love with a young married woman, Kamila Stösslova. For the last decade of his life, the composer existed in a strange, woozy idyll of unrequited love and astonishing musical fertility as he composed masterpiece upon masterpiece - among them the Sinfonietta and Glagolitic Mass and the operas Katya Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen and The Makropoulos Case - all written around his 70th birthday. Donald Macleod explores Janacek's chaotic personal life and musical genius in his final years, with a complete performance of the composer's Second String Quartet (Intimate Letters), inspired by more than 700 letters Janacek wrote to his beloved Kamila.

March of the Blue Boys

Pavel Sumpk, tabor

Eva Podarikova, celesta

Frantisek Kantor, piccolo

Martin Oprsal, glockenspiel

Concertino

Paul Crossley, piano

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton, conductor

Waiting For You!

Rudolf Firkusny, piano

String Quartet No 2 (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore)

Gunter Teuffel, viola d'amore

Members of the Mandelring Quartet

Vasek, the Rascal Drummer-Boy; Liitle Frantik; The Bear Sat On a Tree Trunk (Rikadla)

Collegium Vocale Gent

Het Collectif

Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor.

05 LAST20100226

Donald Macleod explores the music of Janacek's tragic last year.

After more than a decade of lusting after Kamila Stosslova, Janacek was finally ready to leave his long-suffering wife. But there was to be no Indian summer of happiness for the 74-year old composer...

Donald Macleod presents the music of Janacek's last 12 months, including the String Quartet Intimate Letters" - a musical evocation of the hundreds of letters the love-struck composer sent his muse over the course of his infatuation. He also presents music from Janacek's last - and bleakest - opera, "From The House Of The Dead".

A Recollection (1928)

Håkon Austbø (piano)

BRILLIANT 92295 - Disc 2, Track 16

String Quartet no. 2 "Intimate Letters" (1928)

Andante

Adagio

Moderato

Allegro

Talich Quartet

CALLIOPE CAL 9333 - Tracks 5-8

From The House Of The Dead (Act II excerpt) (1927-8, fp 1930)

"A.a." - "Dear, Dear Alyeya."

"Alexander Petrovich, we've got the evening off."

"One day passed, a second, a third."

The Opera: "Kedril and Don Juan"

Pantomime: "The Fair Miller's Wife"

Jaroslava Janská (Alyeya)

Dalibor Jedlicka (Goryanchikov)

Ivo Zidek (Skuratov)

Jaroslav Sousek (Don Juan)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and State Opera Chorus / Sir Charles Mackerras

DECCA 4303752 - Disc 1, Tracks 6-10."

05 LASTFinal Year20140725

05 LASTFinal Year20140725

Exploring the final year of Janacek's life, when he wrote two of his most popular works.

05 LASTFinal Year20140725

In the final year of his life, Janácek's love for Kamila Stösslova became ever more obsessive. He wrote letters to Kamila almost every day, and sometimes twice a day. The intense passion he felt for her found its culminating expression in his 2nd String Quartet. Donald Macleod introduces this most personal of his works, together with another of Janácek's best-loved pieces, prompted by the brilliant fanfares of a military band.

05 LASTFinal Year20140725

In the final year of his life, Janácek's love for Kamila Stösslova became ever more obsessive. He wrote letters to Kamila almost every day, and sometimes twice a day. The intense passion he felt for her found its culminating expression in his 2nd String Quartet. Donald Macleod introduces this most personal of his works, together with another of Janácek's best-loved pieces, prompted by the brilliant fanfares of a military band.

Exploring the final year of Janacek's life, when he wrote two of his most popular works.