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LEOS JANACEK  

(1854 - 1928)

It was relatively late in life that the Moravian composer Janáček won more than local recognition. He made his early career in the capital of his native province, Brno, coupling an interest in regional folk-music with a study of speech intonations, echoed in his instrumental as well as vocal writing. His opera Jenůfa was first staged in Brno in 1904, but it was the performance in Prague in 1915 that brought the work of the composer a much wider public. The seven operas that followed have formed a very idiosyncratic part of current operatic repertoire, culminating in From the House of the Dead, completed in 1928, the year of Janáček’s death, and based on the novel by Dostoevsky.

Orchestral Music

The best known of Janáček’s music for orchestra is the Sinfonietta, derived from an original festival piece of 1926. To this may be added the rhapsody based on the work of Gogol Taras Bulba and the Lachian Dances, based on folk-dances.

Vocal Music

Janáček made a significant contribution to choral music in settings of Latin sacred texts and of texts in his own language, particularly for his Moravian Teachers Choir; these works range from folk-based choruses to more complex choral compositions of contemporary significance.

Chamber Music

Janáček’s two string quartets are highly individual in character. The first, based on Tolstoy’s story The Kreutzer Sonata introduces marital strife into the recital hall, while the second, Intimate Letters, is more autobiographical in its descriptive content. There are works for violin and piano, cello and piano, and a Capriccio of curious instrumentation – for piano left hand, flute and piccolo, two trumpets, three trombones and tenor tuba.

Keyboard Music

Janáček is equally reliant on speech intonations and often on a programmatic element in his pieces for piano and for organ. Here he shows originality similar to his writing for other instruments.

View by Role: Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
8.558212-13
Orchestral
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Orchestral
BARTOK, B.: Instrumental Music (Songs and Dances of Life) (Popovici, Nas, Ketler) Solo Musica
SM113
Instrumental
BAVARIAN STATE BALLET: Black Cake and Concertante (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100422
Dance Documentary
BERG, A.: String Quartet / JANACEK, L.: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters" / DUTILLEUX, H.: Ainsi la nuit (Petersen Quartet) Capriccio
C10511
Chamber Music
BEST OF NAXOS 7 Naxos
8.550007
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass (Jansons) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108080
Classical Concert
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass (Jansons) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101684
Classical Concert
Cello Recital: Mital, Adam - SCHUBERT, F. / DVORAK, A. / JANACEK, L. / MARTINU, B. / BARTOK, B. (Central Europe) Solo Musica
SM153
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Nyffenegger, Esther - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / SCHUBERT, F. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUMANN, R. (Cello Jewels) Divox
CDX-55257-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - HAYDN, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / JANACEK, L. (Klassik Musikfest Mühlviertel Highlights) Paladino Music
PMR0000
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - MARTINU, B. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. / BODOROVA, S. (Czech Chamber Music) (Vlachova) ArcoDiva
UP0146-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Brass) - CERNOHORSKY, B. / PACHELBEL, J. / TELEMANN, G.P. / JANACEK, L. / JEZEK, J. / ORFF, C. (Prague Brass Ensemble) ArcoDiva
UP0131-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (String Quartets) - BEETHOVEN, L. van / JANACEK, L. / AMMANN, D. (Intenso - Music Without Limits) (Casal Quartet) Solo Musica
SM139
Chamber Music
Chamber Music with Winds - JANACEK, L. / MARTINU, B. / REICHA, A. (Mladi) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-CD-1802
Chamber Music
CRAWFORD / HINDEMITH / JANACEK: String Quartets Cedille
CDR90000-092
Chamber Music
Czech Classical Music - SMETANA, B. / JANACEK, L. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. (Kanak, Svarovsky, Kasikova, Kasik, Czech Trio, Visek) ArcoDiva
UP0094-2
Instrumental, Orchestral
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Concerto, Op. 33 / Piano Quintets (Firkušný, Ridge String Quartet, Czech Philharmonic, Neumann) Newton Classics
NC8802212
Chamber Music
DVORAK, A.: String Quartet No. 12 / FILAS, J.: Dear good old freedom / JANACEK, L.: On the Overgrown Path (Zurich Oboe Quartet) Divox
CDX-20204
Chamber Music
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / JANACEK, L.: Idyll (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572698
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass (Neumann) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101535
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Legends, Op. 59 / JANACEK: Sinfonietta BIS
BIS-CD-436
Orchestral
DVORAK: Wind Serenade / JANACEK: Mladi / ENESCU: Dixtuor Naxos
8.554173
Chamber Music
ENESCU: Violin Sonata No. 3 / JANACEK: Violin Sonata (Druian) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80237
Chamber Music
Famous Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553245
Orchestral
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7138D
Opera DVD
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1127D
Opera DVD
GOGOL, N.: Aufzeichnungen eines Irren (vollstandiger Text) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10532
Instrumental
GREAT CHORAL CLASSICS (5-CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5127
Orchestral
HINDEMITH / BARBER / LARSSON / JANACEK: Wind Quintets Naxos
8.553851
Chamber Music
JANACEK : Jenufa (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100208
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Animated Production) (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0839D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Chatelet, 1995) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100240
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7117D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1101D
Opera DVD
JANÁČEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108094
Opera DVD
JANÁČEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2009) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101697
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Paris National Opera, 2008) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Ideale Audience
3078384
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Paris National Opera, 2008) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3078388
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Wit) Naxos
8.572639
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0026
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / The Eternal Gospel (Czech Philharmonic Choir, Czech Symphony, Svarovsky) ArcoDiva
UP0011-2
Choral - Sacred
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Liceu, 2005) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107183
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Liceu, 2005) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPJENU
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Malmo Opera, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101665
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Prague National Theatre, Vogel) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80943-44
Opera
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Teatro Real, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7089D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Teatro Real, 2009) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1055D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Kat'a Kabanova (Prague National Theatre) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80907-08
Opera
JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 1 (arr. P. Breiner) - Jenufa / The Excursions of Mr Broucek Naxos
8.570555
Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 2 (arr. P. Breiner) - Kat'a Kabanova / The Makropulos Affair Naxos
8.570556
Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 3 (arr. P. Breiner) - The Cunning Little Vixen / From the House of the Dead Naxos
8.570706
Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Piano Music (Firkusny) Newton Classics
NC8802091
Instrumental
JANACEK, L.: Piano Works (Complete) (Jirasky) ArcoDiva
UP0071-2
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
JANACEK, L.: Schlaue Fuchslein (Das) (The Cunning Little Vixen) (Komische Oper, 1965) (sung in German) (Felsenstein Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101297
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / WOLF, H.: Italian Serenade (Hagen Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802072
Chamber Music
JANACEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" and 2, "Intimate Letters" (Martinu Quartet) ArcoDiva
UP0036-2
Chamber Music
JANACEK, L.: Taras Bulba / Lachian Dances / Moravian Dances (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572695
Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: The Cunning Little Vixen (Animated Production) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0871D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Vec Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) (Salzburg Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
709604
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Vec Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) (Salzburg Festival, 2011) (NTSC) C Major
709508
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Z mrtveho domu (Aus einem Totenhaus) (Sung in German) (Netherlands Opera, Krannhals) (Holland Festival, 1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80981-82
Opera
JANACEK: Along an Overgrown Path / Piano Sonata, 'From the Street' Naxos
8.553586
Instrumental
JANACEK: Chamber and Instrumental Works BIS
BIS-CD-663-64
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
JANACEK: Choruses for Male Voices Naxos
8.553623
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
JANACEK: Danube / Moravian Dances / Suite Op. 3 Marco Polo
8.220362
Orchestral
JANACEK: Danube / Moravian Dances / Suite Op. 3 Naxos
8.555245
Orchestral
JANACEK: In the Mist / Concertino / Variations for Zdenka Naxos
8.553587
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
JANACEK: Jenufa BIS
BIS-CD-449-50
Opera
JANACEK: Kat'a Kabanova (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100158
Opera DVD
JANACEK: Lachian Dances / Taras Bulba / Sinfonietta Naxos
8.550411
Orchestral
JANACEK: On the Overgrown Path / In the Mists / 1.X.1905 Dynamic
CDS70
Instrumental
JANACEK: String Quartets / Violin Sonata / Pohadka Naxos
8.553895
Chamber Music
JANACEK: Violin Sonata / Capriccio / Romance / Dumka Naxos
8.553588
Chamber Music
JIŘÍ KYLIÁN EDITION (THE) (10 Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107546
Ballet DVD
JIŘÍ KYLIÁN EDITION (THE) (10 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107545
Ballet DVD
KAFKA, F.: Betrachtung (Erzahlungen) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10652
Chamber Music
LUGANSKY, Nikolai: Live at the Verbier Festival (2008) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3078658
Classical Concert
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Violin Music (Complete) / SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Myths / JANACEK, L: Violin Sonata (Daskalakis, Yampolsky) Naxos
8.570987
Chamber Music
MAHLER, G.: Klagende Lied (Das) / JANACEK, L.: The Fiddler's Child (BBC Symphony, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5080
Orchestral
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - PRAGUE: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110503
Classical Concert
NETHERLANDS DANCE THEATRE: Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta / Symphony in D / Stamping Ground (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100444
Ballet DVD
OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, Vol. 2 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102049
Opera DVD
Piano Recital: Gothoni, Ralf - MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / JANACEK, L. / STRAVINSKY, I. Ondine
ODE753-2
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kruger, Roland - SCHUBERT, F. / JANACEK, L. / BARTOK, B. (Roland Kruger Live) Paladino Music
PMR0009
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / DUSSEK, F.X. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / VANHAL, J.B. / SMETANA, B. / DUSSKE, J.L. (Czech Miniature Masterpieces) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90121
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / NOVAK, V. (Memories of Bohemia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90185
Instrumental
PIANO RHAPSODY - An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pontinen BIS
BIS-9044
Instrumental
PIANORAMA - Collection of Film Music for Piano BIS
BIS-CD-1326
Instrumental
PROKOFIEV, S.: Oboe Quintet, Op. 39 / Overture on Hebrew Themes / JANACEK, L.: Youth Suite (Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10576
Chamber Music
RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY: 3 by Rambert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100285
Dance Documentary
RAVEL, M.: String Quartet / HAAS, P.: String Quartet No. 3 / JANACEK, L.: String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" (M. Nostitz Quartet) ArcoDiva
UP0037-2
Chamber Music
SCHUBERT, F.: Wanderer Fantasy / Piano Sonata No. 13 / JANÁČEK, L.: 1.X.1905 (H. Schuch) Oehms Classics
OC863
Instrumental
SLAVONIC FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550376
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R. / PFITZNER: Cello Sonatas / JANACEK: Pohadka / Presto Divox
CDX-25205-2
Chamber Music
TASTE OF THE ARTS, VOL. 3 (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0211D
Classical Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Souvenir de Florence / JANACEK, L.: Suite for String Orchestra (Virtuosi di Kuhmo) Ondine
ODE889-2
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 5 / JANÁČEK, L.: Taras Bulba (BBC Symphony, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5116
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Brassfare Altissimo
75442260422
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Contrasts Altissimo
75442260072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CHAMBER PLAYERS: Brass Works Altissimo
75442261242
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin Recital: Bacova, Martina - MACHA, O. / JANACEK, L. / ENESCU, G. / BARTOK, B. ArcoDiva
UP0107-2
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - JANÁČEK, L. / KURTÁG, G. / BARTÓK, B. (signs, games + messages) Cedille
CDR90000-143
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Stadler, Frank - JANACEK, L. / SCHUMANN, R. / SCHUBERT, F. TwoPianists
TP1039084
Chamber Music
Vocal Music - JANACEK, L. / KRIZKOVSKY, P. (Q Vox) ArcoDiva
UP0068-2
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Recital: Kalivodova, Andrea - MARTINU, B. / JANACEK, L. / KUNC, J. / DVORAK, A. / EBEN, P. / OSTRCIL, O. (The Paths of Love) ArcoDiva
UP0135-2
Vocal
VOGT, Lars: Live at the Verbier Festival (2011) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3079818
Classical Concert
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101345
Opera DVD
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) (Deluxe Limited Edition) Arthaus Musik
101305
Opera DVD
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7138D
Opera DVD
GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1127D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Chatelet, 1995) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100240
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7117D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1101D
Opera DVD
JANÁČEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108094
Opera DVD
JANÁČEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2009) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101697
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Paris National Opera, 2008) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Ideale Audience
3078384
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Paris National Opera, 2008) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3078388
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Liceu, 2005) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107183
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Liceu, 2005) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPJENU
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Malmo Opera, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101665
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Prague National Theatre, Vogel) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80943-44
Opera
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Teatro Real, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7089D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Jenufa (Teatro Real, 2009) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1055D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Kat'a Kabanova (Prague National Theatre) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80907-08
Opera
JANACEK, L.: Schlaue Fuchslein (Das) (The Cunning Little Vixen) (Komische Oper, 1965) (sung in German) (Felsenstein Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101297
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: The Cunning Little Vixen (Animated Production) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0871D
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Vec Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) (Salzburg Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
709604
Opera DVD
JANACEK, L.: Vec Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) (Salzburg Festival, 2011) (NTSC) C Major
709508
Opera DVD
JANACEK: Jenufa BIS
BIS-CD-449-50
Opera
JANACEK: Kat'a Kabanova (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100158
Opera DVD
OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, Vol. 2 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102049
Opera DVD
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101345
Opera DVD
WALTER FELSENSTEIN EDITION (Komische Oper, 1956-76) (NTSC) (Deluxe Limited Edition) Arthaus Musik
101305
Opera DVD




 
 
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