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CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1894, when the orchestra of the National Theatre, Prague’s chief opera house, organized a series of concerts. Dvořák conducted the first one, in 1896. In 1901 the Czech Philharmonic became an independent orchestra under the conductor-composer Ludvík Celanský. Its other conductors, up to 1918 when Czechoslovakia became an independent country following the First World War and the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, included Oskar Nedbal (1896–1906) and Vilém Zemánek (1902–06). In 1908 Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world première of his Seventh Symphony. Other celebrated musical figures who appeared with the orchestra in its early decades include Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Ysaÿe, and Sarasate. Václav Talich, its director from 1919 to 1941, brought the Czech Philharmonic into the ranks of Europe’s finest, and it was with him that the orchestra made its first recordings. Talich’s successor, Rafael Kubelík (1942–48), had made his début with them in 1934, when he was only twenty-eight. Another in the orchestra’s unbroken line of illustrious maestros, Karel Ancerl, its next chief conductor (1950–68), enlarged the repertoire to include many important 20th-century compositions. The orchestra’s recording activity also increased during this period, earning it a number of coveted international prizes. During the long tenure of chief conductor Václav Neumann (1968–90), the orchestra achieved international renown for its distinctive sound and interpretative style—and especially for its incomparable performances of Czech music. Since then, under Neumann’s successors—Jirí Belohlávek (1990–92), Gerd Albrecht (1993–96), Vladimir Ashkenazy (since 1998), and its principal guest conductor and longtime collaborator, Sir Charles Mackerras—the Czech Philharmonic has further increased its international stature, with extensive tours and an ever widening repertoire.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
ACHRON: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Golem / 2 Tableaux from Belshazzar Naxos
8.559408
Orchestral
CONCERT FOR LIDICE BIS
BIS-CD-578
Choral - Sacred
DVORAK, A.: Cello Concerto / BRAHMS, J.: Double Concerto (Casals, Thibaud) (1929, 1937) Naxos Historical
8.110930
Concertos
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Concerto, Op. 33 / Piano Quintets (Firkušný, Ridge String Quartet, Czech Philharmonic, Neumann) Newton Classics
NC8802212
Chamber Music, Concertos
DVORAK, A.: Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 and 72 / Carnival Overture (Talich) (1935) Naxos Historical
8.111331
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / SUK, J.: Serenade in E-Flat Major / Into a New Life (Talich) (1938) Naxos Historical
8.112050
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass (Neumann) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101535
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Requiem, Op. 89 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102063
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Stabat Mater (Neumann) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102109
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (Czech PO, Talich) (1938, 1935) Naxos Historical
8.111045
Orchestral
ESSENTIAL MOZART (THE) (NTSC) EuroArts
2057278
Classical Concert
HANUS, J.: Sinfonia concertante / SUCHON, E.: Baladicka suita (Musica Nova Bohemica and Slovenica, Vol. 3) (Ancerl, Jiracek) (1957-1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80917
Orchestral
INTRODUCING THE WORLD OF AMERICAN JEWISH MUSIC Naxos
8.559406
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
MILHAUD: Service Sacre Naxos
8.559409
Choral - Sacred
MOZART GALA FROM PRAGUE (A) (NTSC) EuroArts
2055158
Classical Concert
SMETANA: Ma Vlast (My Country) (Talich) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111237
Orchestral
SOKOLA, M.: Variations on a Theme by Kapralova / SLAVICKY, K.: Rapsodicke variace (Musica Nova Bohemica and Slovenica, Vol. 6) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80918
Orchestral
TOCH: Cantata of the Bitter Herbs / Jephta Naxos
8.559417
Choral - Sacred





 
 
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