Václav Neumann - Early RecordingsPAVEL BORKOVEC (1894-1972): Silentium turbatum for Alto, Electric Guitar and Large Orchestra (Vera Soukupová [alto], Miroslav Kefurt [guitar], Czech PO, rec. 1965)*, VLADIMÍR SOMMER (1921-1997): Vocal Symphony (Soukupová [alto], Otakar Brousek [reciter], Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Czech PO, rec. 1964), ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841-1904): Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, & 4, Rondo for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 94 (Prague Symphony Orchestra, rec. 1957-59)*, Nocturne for Strings, Op. 40 (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, rec. 1968) PETER TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): The Seasons, Op. 37 (orch. Václav Trojan [1907-1983]) (Film Symphony Orchestra, rec. 1953)*, EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907): Lyric Suite, Op. 54*, Peer Gynt, Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 46 & 55 (Prague SO, rec. 1961), ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869-1937): Symphony No. 3, Op. 42, Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2, Op. 43 (Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, rec. 1963), OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Oiseaux exotiques, Rêveil des oiseaux (Jeanne Loriod [piano], Czech PO, rec. 1966), FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 (Czech PO, rec. 1966), GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911): Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Wo die schönen trompeten blasen (Soukupová [alto] Czech PO, rec. 1962). * - First CD release.
Catalogue Number: 08Q091
Reference: SU 4133-2
Description: Supraphon collectors and Neumann fans will certainly want this mini-bonanza of material from mono and early stereo periods in the label's history. The single-disc release of the Sommer has been offered in these pages a decade ago but the Borkovec, with its odd use of electric guitar, written in 1964-65, has never been on CD before (it's 17 minutes long), nor have the early, mono Dvorák symphonies, part of a first-time project to record all nine with different conductors and orchestras. Also, Trojan's orchestration of the Tchaikovsky Seasons is a real rarity of 46 minutes length. Quite a bargain for unusual repertoire fans at a Brilliant Classics per-disc price! 6 CDs. No texts.