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Janácek Quartet – String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Supraphon)

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# Composer: Leoš Janácek
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 10
# Label: Supraphon | SUA ST 50556
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.86GB), 24-bit/96kHz (916MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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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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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

 

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