HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Leoš Janáček – Glagolská Mše/Glagolitic Mass (Karel Ančerl)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this rare work
Supraphon is overselling by calling all of is recorded output gold, but there are many arresting performances in the series. This one of the Glagolitic Mass, released in 1963, is one of them. It wasn’t in Ancerl’s nature to be as raw and fierce in this score as Kubelik and others have been. He is often lyrical and tender. Fortunately for him, he has a soprano and tenor who encompass their treacherous parts without screaming. The Czech chorus is the best-sounding, most idiomatic and comfortable that I’ve ever heard. The Czech Phil. is more rustic — or is it ragged? — than several of the international orchestras who have recorded the work, but they too sound completely at home. I agree with the original Gramophone critic who found the organist too tame for his wild obligatto outburst. The same reviewer compared the late Mass with the Sinfonietta written just before it when Janacek was 72 and entering his miraculous late phase, which he called a “new jet from my soul”: The Mass displays “the same brightness and pungency of timbre, the same fertile, vigorous way of building whole movements from a single motif.”

Composer: Leoš Janáček
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl (1966)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 10
Size: 807 MB
Scan: Pics are from the WEB since the record came without cover
Server: FileFactory


This is the 1st stereo pressing from 1966, although the real 1st pressing (Mono) is from 1963

The Glagolitic Mass (Czech: Glagolská mše or Mša glagolskaja) (also called Missa Glagolitica or Slavonic Mass) is a composition for soloists (soprano, contralto, tenor, bass), double chorus, organ and orchestra by Leoš Janáček. The work was completed on 15 October 1926 and premiered by the Brno Arts Society, conducted by Jaroslav Kvapil, in Brno on 5 December 1927. Janáček revised the mass the next year.

The Glagolitic Alphabet was an early Slavic alphabet, the predecessor of the modern Cyrillic alphabet.

The text is in Old Church Slavonic, with five vocal movements that correspond to the Catholic Ordinary of the Mass, omitting “Dona nobis pacem” in the Agnus Dei. The musical origins of the work can be traced to Janáček’s Latin setting of the Kyrie, Agnus Dei, and Credo for organ and chorus. This was used as a dictation exercise by his composition students in 1908.

Janáček had extensive experience working with choirs, as well as writing a large amount of choral music, and this work is his finest in the genre. It begins and closes with triumphant fanfares dominated by the brass. In between these sections lies particularly vibrant and rhythmic writing for solo voices as well as choir. Before the closing Intrada, Janáček introduces a dramatic organ solo of considerable originality – a perpetuo moto of wild energy. Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is considered one of the century’s masterworks and is frequently performed and recorded today.

Janáček was a strong supporter of pan-Slavism, and this mass has been viewed as a celebration of Slavic culture.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Janacek – Glagolitic Mass – Ancerl
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR10        -1.55 dB     -15.76 dB     A1 Introduction.aif
 DR10        -2.74 dB     -18.34 dB     A2 Kyrie Eleison.aif
 DR11        -0.39 dB     -16.01 dB     A3 Gloria.aif
 DR11        -1.60 dB     -17.07 dB     A4-B1 Credo.aif
 DR11        -2.33 dB     -17.96 dB     B2 Sanctus.aif
 DR11        -4.28 dB     -20.58 dB     B3 Agnus Dei.aif
 DR10        -1.08 dB     -14.23 dB     B4 Organ Solo.aif
 DR9        -3.02 dB     -14.01 dB     B5 Intrada.aif
 Number of files:    8
 Official DR value:    DR10
Ripping Info


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11 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Leoš Janáček – Glagolská Mše/Glagolitic Mass (Karel Ančerl)

  1. Thank you so much.

    I haven’t DLed it already, but I’m listening another great rip you made (Shostakovich – Quartets 4, 8 – Borodin String Quartet, in 24-196), and I just want to thank you very much Rach for the wonderfull rip you made.

    Thank you again and again!
    Merci encore et encore!

  2. A thousand hugs and kisses. That is what I always wanted to have! This sounds like big party tonight! I hope the interpretation is fantastic, too!

  3. The glagolitic mass was high, very high on my list of masses to be heard – being an admirer of late Janacek and especially the Sinfonietta, and singing in a choir myself, everything I heard about this work made me think that I should really have a listen. But until you came around, I never actually made it. This will change for good now, I am sure!

    Thanks a lot to both you for ripping and Jean-Luc for another of his precious vinyl sources!

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