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Czech Music for Strings Reviews

Jonathan Woolf - Fanfare - January/February 2012

„"...There's no doubting the excellent recording quality of this Chandos disc, and the performances are classy. too... there are many insights and no little distinction in this disc.“

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Bauman - American Record Guide - November/December 2011

„This is a fine collection of Czech music written or arranged for string orchestra... The Janacek Chamber Orchestra was organiszed in 1964 from the Janacek Philharmonic of Ostrava. They are a thoroughly professional group. The notes are detailed, and the recording is up to Chandos's usual high standards.“

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Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - November 2011

Recording of the Month! ... There is basically nothing to criticize about this release ... they all engage the ear and they fit together stylistically -in other words, it's a great program. The orchestra play beautifully, with the required rhythmic precision,> and, where the music allows it (like the Suite's fifth movement), great poetry as well. Solos are superb all around. For fans of Janácek, Haas and Martinu, this is an hour of guaranteed satisfaction“

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Jessica Duchen - Classic FM Magazine - September 2011

„Fans of Czech music should bounce along and hear this, and for anyone Wanting to explore the string orchestra repertoire beyond the ubiquitous Tchaikovsky, Dvorák and Elgar, it will hold many rewards.“

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Europa, Spain, Avilés, La Nueva Ispana, Diana Diaz, 15.11. 2006

„The orchestra, masterly conducted by Jakub Cernohorský, responds to every expression of this violinist, who delivers each brush stroke, with a good balance between the color scheme and crispness of each part in fundamental points of this musical canvas.”

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EUROPE, Spain, El Mundo, Carlos Gomez Amat, 3.10. 2002

“ The Concertmaster and also the orchestra presented their art warmly, without airs and graces and stylistic coldness, romanticism was hearty, modern compositions as well as baroque were sincere too. In addition, musicians dedicated ancient Grieg to the applauding audience with an absolute archaism. A variety of styles presented within the programme, was an indisputable guarantee of not only flexibility, but also a perfect understanding of the very nature of music and also all its essences.”

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EUROPE, Spain, El Adelantado de Segovia, A.S.R. 2.10. 2002

“Conclusion – Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C-Dur, Op. 48 – was a perfect golden crown, with which the orchestra demonstrated itself again in the light of an absolute musical certainty as well as a great musical feeling.”

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EUROPE, Spain, El norte de Castilla, Luis Hidalgo Martín, 2.8. 2002

“Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C-Dur, Op. 48 is one of those works, about which it may be said, that the longer we listen to them, the more we like them. The composition, whole filled with compositional maturity and music art, filled with passion, elegance and also fascination, acquired expressive warmth in the hands of Czech musicians, and they shined noticeably in all passages, whether it concerned the depth of Larghetto elegiaco passage or the lilt of elegie Tema russo, sounding with a high nobility tone. Musicians expressed their thanks by one “memory of Holberg’s Time” from Holberg Suite to applauding listeners and gave a final flourish to the whole concert.”

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EUROPE, Dresden, Germany, Hudební rozhledy 1/2001, Lenka Přibylová

“Melodic sensibility of Dvořák’s music evidently provoked the orchestra to a spontaneously joyful music lark. With regard to logically light occupancy of a string chamber music group, a colourful instrumental layering in the highly visible quality of strings of the deepest layers has to be stressed. An excellent performance of the music body was worthily rewarded by the ecstatic audience ovations in a fully seated temple.”

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U.S.A., Mongomery, AL, Montgomery Advertiser, David Bowman, 4.10. 1999

„…these 12 musicians, seemingly operating trough one mind, focus on a full, robust vibrant sound that energizes and colors each individual work.“

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U.S.A., Mt. Vernon IL, Daniel Mellado, Oct. 1999

„They played this work (A. Dvořák - Serenada in E Major) with boundless ease, energy, and enthusiasm. The audience clearly loved it.“

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U.S.A., Utica, N Y, Observer - Dispatch, Joelyn Wakefeld-Wright, 5.10. 1999

„The standing ovation prodiced at least two encores – a Spanisch Dance by Boccherini and Brittens Motio Perpetual, both played with the same verve and spirit the entire program exhibited.“

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EUROPE, Great Britain, London, The London Free Press, 7.3. 1981

„Music with the cristaline beauty of fine Czechoslovakian glassware…an exquisite performance.“

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U.S.A. New York, NY, The New York Times, , By Peter G. Davis, 27.3. 1979

„The Janacek Chamber Orchestra is certainly one of the best around, as these 11 string players amply demonstrated at their New York debut concert. A smooth blend, intonational agreement and precisioned discipline are the important factors and this orchestra scored highly in all three areas. This was gorgeous string playing by any standards.“

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Canada, Ontario, Hamilton, By Lorne Betts, 24.1. 1979

„Czech chamber ensemble superbly tuned, balanced. Playing, as all evening without conductor, one realized the splendor of true chamber performing.“

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EUROPE,Great Britanie, Hampstead& Highgate Express, Nicolas Soames, 31.10. 1975

„It was clear that here was a group of musicians with a marked corporated identity.“

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EUROPE, Italy, Firenze, La Nazione, L.Pin, 9.3. 1969

„The Leos Janacek Orchestra which played yesterday afternoon in the Pergola for the fellows of Amici della Musica Association was a great success owing particulary to the Suite for stringed instruments by Leos Janacek. This composition roused such enthusiasm as to induce the eleven performers to oblige the audience with four encores. This small orchestra, founded in Ostrava a few years ago, is remarcable for a most careful preparation as well as for the pleasure it finds in „making music“and for a first-class musicality.“

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EUROPE, Austria,Wienna, Arbeiterzeitung, Dr.Ruff, 12.1. 1968

„The Leoš Janáček Chamber Orchestra from Ostrava, an excelent stringed instruments ensemble ,performed concert in the Beethoven Hall at the Palais Pálffy organized by the Austro-Czechoslovak Society. Already the beginning, with the Sarabande,Gigue and Badinere by Arcangelo Corelli, demonstrated all the qualities of those musicians, the warmht of their tone, the purity of intonation, the authentic chamber-music spirit that animated their play.

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Náslechy skladeb

A. Corelli: Badinere
A.Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
L.Janacek: Quartet No.1
L.Janacek: Suite for Strings, Moderato
O.Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No.3, Italiana
P.Haas: Study (1943)