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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.

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
DVOŘÁK, A.: Armida [Opera] (Daniluk, Fortune, Kriz, Podskalsky, Czech Philharmonic, Albrecht) Orfeo
C404962H
Opera
DVORAK, A.: Cello Concerto / BRAHMS, J.: Double Concerto (Casals, Thibaud) (1929, 1937) Naxos Historical
8.110930
Concerto
DVORAK, A.: Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 and 72 / Carnival Overture (Talich) (1935) Naxos Historical
8.111331
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Svata Ludmila (St. Ludmilla) (Bambini di Praga, Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Czech Philharmonic, Belohlavek) ArcoDiva
UP0078-2
Choral - Sacred
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
DVOŘÁK, A.: Wood Dove (The) / JANÁČEK, L.: Taras Bulba (Neumann) (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
109122
Classical Concert
DVOŘÁK, A.: Wood Dove (The) / JANÁČEK, L.: Taras Bulba (Neumann) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
109121
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
FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Music (Czech Philharmonic, Albrecht) Orfeo
C350951A
Orchestral
FOERSTER, J.B.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Cyrano de Bergerac, Op. 55 (Löwenstein, Vienna Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Albrecht) Orfeo
C403971A
Orchestral
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
JANÁČEK, L.: Osud (Fate) [Opera] (Straka, Ághová, Beňačková, Margita, Mikuláš, Kusnjer, Prague Chamber Chorus, Czech Philharmonic, G. Albrecht) Orfeo
C384951A
Opera
KYLIÁN, Jiří: Sinfonietta / Symphony in D / Stamping Ground [Ballets] (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
108148
Ballet DVD
MILHAUD: Service Sacre Naxos
8.559409
Choral - Sacred
MOZART, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto / Piano Quintet, K. 452 (D. Ashkenazy, van Ooyen, Klöber, Roos, Czech Philharmonic, V. Ashkenazy) Paladino Music
PMR0091
Concerto
Orchestral Music - LABSKÝ, J. / KASPAR, J. / VAČKÁŘ, V. / NEDBAL, O. / FUČÍK, J. (KUK Festkonzert, Vol. 2) (Czech Philharmonic, Neumann) Orfeo
C107201A
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - NOVÁČEK, R. / KRÁL, J.N. / KOMZÁK II, K. / LABITZKY, J. / BISKUP, R. (KUK Festkonzert, Vol. 1) (Czech Philharmonic, Neumann) Orfeo
C107101A
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SCHULHOFF, E. / HAAS, P. / KLEIN, G. / ULLMANN, V. (Czech Philharmonic, Albrecht) Orfeo
C337941A
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SMETANA, B. / FIBICH, Z. / DVOŘÁK, A. (Galakonzert aus Prag: Czech Dances from Operas and Operettas) (Czech Philharmonic, Neumann) Orfeo
C180891A
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Russian) - MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BORODIN, A.P. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. (A Russian Spectacular) (Nanut, Bělohlávek) Cameo Classics - Vox
ACD-8733
Concerto
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
ULLMANN, V.: Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (Die) / Don Quixote tanzt Fandango / Piano Concerto (Pluhar, Ardašev, G. Albrecht) Orfeo
C366951A
Orchestral, Vocal, Concerto
Vocal Recital: Benackova-Cap, Gabriela - SCHNEIDER-TRNAVSKY, M. / BODOROVA, S. (Slovak Songs) ArcoDiva
UP0001-2
Vocal





 
 
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