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Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic present Leoš Janáček’s most notable works.
This release continues the series of Jiří Bělohlávek’s last recordings of Czech masterworks for Decca Classics before he sadly passed away last year.
August 2018 marks 90 years since Janáček’s death in 1928. This album commemorates the great Czech composer with these informed recordings by the Czech conductor and orchestra.
This album features ‘The Fiddler’s Child’ – a new addition to the Decca catalogue.
[Bělohlávek] could get under the skin of Janacek’s music, drawing out its folk roots and speech rhythms, its soul-searching and truthfulness, its sheer humanity. The main work here is the Glagolitic Mass, given an expansive performance of great depth…The Sinfonietta is a joy from first to last, an unbuttoned delight. The low brass is great, rasping and grunting and belching merrily at the garrulous woodwinds. Gramophone