Tag Archives: Karel Ancerl

HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Miloš Sádlo
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann
Vinyl 1969 (1981)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2 (Gertler/Ančerl)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this precious vinyl
Andre Gertler was a close friend of Bartok and between 1925 and 1938 joined Bartok for a long sequence of joint concerts featuring many first performances of Bartok’s compositions. Clearly the two men had a close and sustained artistic relationship and Gertler’s empathy with Bartok’s vision cannot be missed in this recording. The performance is less indulgent than many others in terms of maintaining steady and forward moving tempos. At the same time the approach to the melodic line is more lyrical and the aggressive effect in certain passages as delivered by other players is therefore lessened. The last movement brings a clearer sense of the ‘dance’ element. In total, this performance simply feels ‘right’ in a way that often eludes other recordings.

Composer: Béla Bartók
Performer: André Gertler
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 726 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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Ančerl / CPO: Mahler- Symphony No. 1 In D Major “The Titan” (Supraphon)


# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50675
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.03GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (279MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ančerl / CPO: Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 In D Major (Supraphon)


# Composer: Antonin Dvořák
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50746
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (877MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (237MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ančerl / CPO: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Supraphon)

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# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | E 1317
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Prokofieff – Symphony-Concerto/Respighi – Adagio Con Variazioni (Ancerl/Navarra)

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All thanks for this rarity go to Jean-Luc
Though the Symphony-Concerto is cast in the conventional three movements, their proportions are unusual: the outer movements are equal in duration, while the central movement is a vast, complex Scherzo replete with wild ideas and a thrilling extended cadenza. The work begins with a relatively slow movement that proceeds with the character of a march, propelled by an ascending four-note theme. The solo cellist…

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi
Performer:
André Navarra
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 921 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphonies 1 & 9 (Ancerl)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
These classic Karel Ancerl recordings are, in my opinion, among the best accounts of Mahler’s symphonies that are available at present. The playing of the orchestra is outstanding, especially the brass department (note the typical horn vibrato) and the recording quality is very good for its age. But, above all, this set is to be treasured for Ancer’s superb interpretation, which is as good as an interpretation can be: moving, powerful, balanced, convincing, non-mainstream, and provoking.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1964-66)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 2.51 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Haendel / Ančerl / CPO: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Ravel: Tzigane (Supraphon)

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# Composers: Édouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50615
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Antonin Dvorak – Violin Concerto/Romance For Violin (Suk)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Jean-Luc for this rare gem
The painful new of Suk’s death in 2011 made me rethink about this cruel statement; with his absence has dissapeared the last of the great exponents of the giants of the violin of the Great Middle Europe tradition. This school persisted on the fact to acquire personal expression, character and then the technique. That was the secret we may distinguish Heifetz sound, Stern sound, Nevue sound, Milstein sound, Rabin or Menuhin sounds. And Joseph Suk also belonged to this old school. This version of Dvorak violin concerto still remains among the supreme and until this date – unsurpassed performance – along the musical literature.
In memory of this legendary artist.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performer: Josef Suk
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 860 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Ancerl / Ceska Filharmonie: Janacek: Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba (Supraphon, 1st pressing)

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# Composer: Leoš Janáček
# Orchestra: Česká Filharmonie
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | SV 8026
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (950MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This rare first pressing came to me without a “proper” cover. According to the seller, “All these ex-communist country record covers were made of cheap paper. Not laminated like UK or cardboard covers. This was a standard cover with no additional information mentioned on front or back cover. This kind of cover was in use with the early large red or blue stereo labels. Later issues became nice laminated multi language covers, similar as the UK SAX or ASD albums.”

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