# Composer: Leos Janacek
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Simon Rattle
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 829 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Leos Janacek (1854-1928) was a man born before his own time. If his musical oeuvre had been limited to what he composed in his first 50 years of life, he’d be as forgotten as the inventor of the mousetrap. In fact, nearly all of his most impressive music for orchestra and five of his nine operas were completed during the last decade of his life, including both “Taras Bulba” and “Sinfonietta”. For all kinds of bad reasons, Janacek’s operas took half a century to gain recognition as ‘standards’ of the international opera repertoire. Janacek was a stubbornly independent and eccentric orchestrator, utterly outside the late Romantic Wagnerian playing tradition of his fellow Czech composer, Bedrick Smetana. Today, it’s the brilliance of that orchestration that rivets the attention of concert audiences. One could say that Janacek didn’t become a composer at all until ‘modernism’ arrived to make room for him.
Both “Taras Bulba” and “Sinfonietta” are rambunctious, rapturous explorations of orchestral timbres, with percussion, bells, and nearly the instrumental forces of a Mahler symphony. “Taras Bulba” in particular is folk music transformed to universal grandeur of affect. It needs to be heard in colors, vivid primary colors like a film by the Russian Sergei Paradjanov. To perform it in murky Wagnerian darkness is to destroy it.
Analyzed folder: /96k Janacek – Sinfonietta-Taras Bulba – Rattle
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -1.56 dB -15.10 dB A1 Sinfonietta Op60 – Allegretto.wav
DR15 -3.68 dB -23.94 dB A2 Sinfonietta Op60 – Andante.wav
DR15 -1.64 dB -22.85 dB A3 Sinfonietta Op60 – Moderato.wav
DR13 -3.13 dB -21.72 dB A4 Sinfonietta Op60 – Allegretto.wav
DR12 -1.64 dB -18.66 dB A5 Sinfonietta Op60 – Andante con moto.wav
DR14 -0.84 dB -21.47 dB B1 Taras Bulba – The death of Andri.wav
DR16 -1.17 dB -22.71 dB B2 Taras Bulba – The death of Ostap.wav
DR13 -1.00 dB -18.12 dB B3 Taras Bulba – The prophecy and the death of Taras Bulba.wav
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR14
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