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JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 2 (arr. P. Breiner) - Kat'a Kabanova / The Makropulos Affair

Composer(s):Janacek, Leos
Artist(s) Breiner, Peter, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony OrchestraLeppanen, Vesa-Matti, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570556
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Following the release of their stunning recording of Janáček’s Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 1 (Jenůfa, The Excursions of Mr Brouček) on 8.570555, Peter Breiner conducts his insightful suites from two popular Janáček operas—Káta Kabanová and The Makropulos Affair—with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen again playing a featured role. Czechoslovakian-born Breiner is ideally placed to interpret the music of his innovative compatriot.


   




Review By Steve Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,December 2009

JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 1 (arr. P. Breiner) - Jenufa / The Excursions of Mr Broucek 8.570555
JANACEK, L.: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 2 (arr. P. Breiner) - Kat’a Kabanova / The Makropulos Affair 8.570556

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Review By Zach Carstensen,Seattle Sound Magazine,May 2009

The first opera I ever heard all the way through was a radio broadcast of Leos Janáček’s “Kát’a Kabanová.”  Other people might have been inducted into the world of opera through Mozart or Puccini.  Not me.  It was Kata, Tichon, her cranky mother in-law, and a suicidal plunge into the Volga that first filled my ears.  This second release in Naxos’s cycle of Peter Breiner arranged suites from Janáček’s operas is a winner.  Two operas are represented on this disc—“Kát’a Kabanová and “The Makropulos Affair.”  Even in a compressed form like a suite, Breiner conveys the essentials of these operas—sadness, passion, torment, and

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

No other composer of the 20th century created such a totally individual musical voice as that of Leos Janáček, and with a single-mindedness he pursued this style throughout his life. Only in the past thirty years has his operatic masterpieces become part of the standard repertoire, and even in his homeland they were largely ignored. It was the story of the wife living in dread of a dominating mother-in-law and a weak husband that sparked the harrowing opera, Kat’a Kabanova. In a fledgling love for another man she finds a brief moment of happiness, but in feelings of guilt she commits suicide, the mother-in-law remaining unmoved when her body is found. Of all of his operas this most readily gives up its inner feelings to an

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