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Janacek: Sinfonietta/Glagolitic Mass - Felicity Palmer, Malcolm King, Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonia Orchestra [Original recording remastered]

Leos Janácek , Simon Rattle , Felicity Palmer , Malcolm King , John Mitchinson , Ameral Gunson , Jane Parker-Smith , City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra , Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Sinfonietta, Op.60: I. AllegrettoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sinfonietta, Op.60: II. AndantePhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sinfonietta, Op.60: III. ModeratoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sinfonietta, Op.60: IV. AllegrettoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sinfonietta, Op.60: V. Andante con motoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Glagolitic Mass: Uvod (Introduction)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Glagolitic Mass: Gospodi pomiluy (Kyrie eleison)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Glagolitic Mass: Slava (Gloria)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Glagolitic Mass: Veruju (Credo)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith11:13Album Only
listen10. Glagolitic Mass: Svet (Sanctus)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Glagolitic Mass: Agneoe Bozij (Agnus Dei)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Glagolitic Mass: Organ solo (Postlude)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Glagolitic Mass: IntradaSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Cbso Chorus/Felicity Palmer/Ameral Gunson/John Mitchinson/Malcolm King/Jane Parker-Smith 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Leos Janácek, Simon Rattle, Felicity Palmer, Malcolm King, John Mitchinson, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000K4FH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and powerful - the best of Janacek May 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of EMI's great recordings, this was in fact the first completely digital recording of the "Glagolitic Mass" to be made. The young Simon Rattle does it and the "Sinfonietta" full justice.
What of the music? Both these works date from the last years of Janacek's life and show his creative maturity in full bloom. His "Sinfonietta" is possibly the apex of his ethnomusical work in that it is positively dripping with Moravian folk-style motifs, projecting the heart and soul of Brno and its people as seen by the composer through his early-century collecting and absorbing of real folk music. Its five movements take us on a pictorial tour of the city of Brno, where Janacek spent most of his life living and working. The opening fanfare could almost qualify as a Janacek signature theme, just as the bassoon solo at the start of "The Rite of Spring" and the flute solo at the opening of "Prelude a l'apres midi d'une faune" are the signature tunes of Stravinsky and Debussy respectively. Beyond it lie four further movements of memorable melodies and rich orchestral harmonies: busy clarinets and strings at the start of the second movement; the curiously subdued harmonic progressions in the third movement that also seem to ache with longing at times; the lively and charming interplay between woodwind and strings (with a cameo from a rather loud bell!) in the fourth movement; and finally the beautiful final movement with its extended build-up to a reprise of the fanfare and an unforgettable climax. It is one of the great orchestral works of the last century, and in it Janacek certainly does not make it easy for the players.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming the Altar May 27, 2008
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Critics have wondered why Leos Janacek, an avowed atheist, wrote a Mass at all, let alone one of his grandest and most original symphonic works, from his late-blooming apotheosis as one of the 20th Century's greatest composers. And why did he choose the Old Church Slavic, as recorded in the Glagolitic script, a language almost unintelligible by ear to modern Czechs and Slovaks except by way of familiarity with ritual? I have no authority for my impressions, but to me this Mass sounds thoroughly pagan, a celebration of some orgiastic pre-Christian rite involving springtime and vistory over the Huns and much consumption of barley brew and barbequed horse-flesh. If that's too subjective, then just get ready for exultant choruses, frenzied instrumental complexities, and ecstatic arias, culminating in an organ solo of drunken splendor and a triumphant "intrada" for a comclusion. Intrada last? Yup. And one has to gape in wonder at whatever it is that's entering.

Janacek is a composer who sounds like no one else, old or new. The closest comparison might be the Stravinsky of The Rite of Spring. The Sinfonietta prepares a new listener for Janacek's distinctively colorful instrumentation and splintered-stalactite rhythms. Then the Glagolitic Mass spills over you like the Moldau in flood. At the risk of attracting quibblers, I'll venture that this strange composition ranks with Mahler's Lied von der Erde and Beethoven's Ninth as monuments of choral symphonies.

The Missa Glagolitica is one of those pieces that need to be performed differently in concert and in recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Glagolitic Mass is a barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. It still has the power to shock, but once Janacek's fierce idiom sinks in, the shouting chorus, berserk organ obligatto, and spiky Slavic flavor become addictive. To be honest, one performance sounds about the same as another--there have been many fine Czech recordings over the years. I'm not sure that Rattle is preferable to Bernstein, Kubelik, or Chailly, just to mention three big-name conductors who have given us good versions (Chailly's is the most refined, slowest, and least Czech--a Viennese perspective that works).

Rattle's reading tends toward the lyrical, providing unexpectedly tender shading in the opening movement. His tenor and soprano must negotiate high-flying lines that verge on the grotesquerie of Carmina Burana, and they do well, although it's impossible for any singer to keep perfectly in tune. I suppose one could comb through every recording to find the best soloists (many of the Czech versions feature a curdled Slavic tonality), yet the strained vocal lines are true to the rough-hewn nature of the piece. The filler to this ungenerous CD is a good, if smoothed out, reading of the popular Sinfonietta.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring September 23, 2008
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Format:Audio CD
I find that EMI recordings are always of superior quality. This is an excellent recording of one of the best known works by Janacek - arguably, one of the four great Czech composers. Rousing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost there, but not quite... November 15, 2010
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First, this recording sounds much older than it actually is. Honestly, it reminds me frequently of 1950s recordings from Russia, almost like an amplified over-mic'ed radio broadcast.

Second, these pieces are SO Simon Rattle. As soon as I opened the disc, I instantly visualized him bouncing up and down, hair going this way and that, smiling, grinning, doing his whole Georg Solti routine, minus the ability to actually fully train an orchestra, of course. Next it'll be Gustavo Dudamel, just you watch.

Finally, there's a whole bunch of excitement and panache contained on this disc. The orchestral standards are definitely not world class, but they're solid enough to get the point across. It's not my favorite recording of either piece (especially not the Glagolitic piece, of which I own more than a dozen recordings) but it's got a lot going for it in both instances.
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