℗ 2005 Hyperion Records Limited
Released September 1, 2005
Duration 59m 17s
Record Label Hyperion
Genre Classical
 

Janáček: Mr Brouček Suite, The Eternal Gospel & Other Orchestral Music

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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The Eternal Gospel, JW III/8  
1.1
I. And So It Will Pass, as Written in the Scriptures!
Leoš Janáček; Jaroslav Vrchlický; Emil Bohuslav Frída; Ilan Volkov
3:17
1.2
II. See the Angel Flying, Silently Soaring
Leoš Janáček; Jaroslav Vrchlický; Emil Bohuslav Frída; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
5:25
1.3
III. O Hearken, You Whose Heart Is Faint and Wilted!
Leoš Janáček; Jaroslav Vrchlický; Emil Bohuslav Frída; Ilan Volkov
7:03
1.4
IV. All This the Angel Told Me at My Vigil
Leoš Janáček; Jaroslav Vrchlický; Emil Bohuslav Frída; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2:56
1.5
The Ballad of Blaník, JW VI/16
Leoš Janáček; Ilan Volkov
8:02
1.6
The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14
Leoš Janáček; Elizabeth Layton
11:46
The Excursions of Mr Brouček, JW I/6, Suite (Arr. Zahrádka/Smolka)  
1.7
I. Introduction. The Late Evening
Leoš Janáček; Jirí Zahrádka; Jaroslav Smolka; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
3:49
1.8
II. Moon Waltz
Leoš Janáček; Jirí Zahrádka; Jaroslav Smolka; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
3:50
1.9
III. Before Dawn
Leoš Janáček; Jirí Zahrádka; Jaroslav Smolka; Ilan Volkov
5:44
The Excursions of Mr Brouček, JW I/7, Suite (Arr. Zahrádka/Smolka)  
1.10
IV. Song of the Hussites
Leoš Janáček; Jirí Zahrádka; Jaroslav Smolka; Ilan Volkov
3:21
1.11
V. Procession of the Victors
Leoš Janáček; Jirí Zahrádka; Jaroslav Smolka; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
4:04
Digital Booklet
"The gifted young Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov masterminds a laudably disciplined and full-throated account of this bracing rarity … Hyperion's glowing natural sound-frame (courtesy of the Keener/Eadon production team working within Dundee's Caird Hall) sets the seal on a first-rate anthology." - Gramophone The years either side of the First World War were a time of renaissance for the Czech nation—and at the heart of this rebirth was the music of Leoš Janáček. The Fiddler’s Child, a ballad for solo violin (Elizabeth Layton in this exciting new recording) and orchestra, tells a harrowing tale of supernatural malfaisance as a parable for the struggles of a perennially oppressed nation. Such a tone of double meaning is also to be found in The Eternal Gospel: overt religiosity becomes, for Janáček, an expression of the contemporary world’s need for reconciliation—the work received its premiere late in 1917. Similarly The Ballad of Blaník, dating from a couple of years later, adapts traditional folk material into an orchestral ‘miniature epic’ depicting the transformation of swords into ploughshares amid a scene of unabashed pastoral tranquillity. Janáček’s two ‘Excursion of Mr Brouček’ operas—the ‘excursions’ in question being ‘to the moon’ and ‘to the fifteenth century’—concern themselves with traditional tales of medievalist escapism. Dedicated to ‘the liberator of the Czech nation’ (Tomáš Masaryk, the country’s president in the years following its separation from the Austro–Hungarian empire), this is music of an irrepressible vivacity and optimism; the suite recorded here (prepared after the composer’s death) draws together the considerable quantity of purely orchestral music from the operas—including some of Janáček’s original drafts. The broad sweep of these orchestral works is given full flight in luxurious performances from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov. Czechoslovakia’s independence was to be short-lived, but Janáček’s aspirational music can stand today as a symbol of what might have been.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Hyperion Studio Masters
Track title
Peak
(dB FS)
RMS
(dB FS)
LUFS
(integrated)
DR
Album average
Range of values
-3.40
-7.33 to -1.45
-27.12
-32.59 to -22.20
-22.95
-28.00 to -18.70
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12 to 19
1
I. And So It Will Pass, as Written in the Scriptures!
-3.71-27.60-23.013
2
II. See the Angel Flying, Silently Soaring
-2.20-25.17-21.214
3
III. O Hearken, You Whose Heart Is Faint and Wilted!
-1.62-22.73-18.913
4
IV. All This the Angel Told Me at My Vigil
-1.45-24.83-20.413
5
The Ballad of Blaník, JW VI/16
-1.72-29.88-26.119
6
The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14
-6.57-32.59-28.016
7
I. Introduction. The Late Evening
-5.89-30.14-25.614
8
II. Moon Waltz
-2.06-28.57-25.117
9
III. Before Dawn
-7.33-31.40-25.814
10
IV. Song of the Hussites
-2.26-22.20-18.712
11
V. Procession of the Victors
-2.62-23.21-19.712

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