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I don't believe that I've ever heard any Janáček, except likely in passing on the radio. I'll listen to this one (maybe another one, too):

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The Mackerras/Vienna Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba were the first Janacek I ever heard-- and I instantly loved them.

Then I heard his operas-- especially The Cunning Little Vixen and The Makropoulos Affair (both with Mackerras of course, of course); and then the Glagolitic Mass (yes, 'Mackerras' and only Mackerras)--- all absolutely first rate.

I love Janacek.







The choral ending of the "Veruju" is tremendous. Mackerras' Glagolitic Mass also has the great "Intrada" at the beginning, which other performances don't have.
 
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I have listened to both Janacek´s string quartets, and Hary Janos suite, but never had the chance to listen to this Sinfonietta.
It will be provided by Youtube and all his new advertisements, which I (and I assume everybody else) hate. Who thought that forcing people to listen to publicity would be a good idea!!!
 

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The recoding I have is of Ondrej Lenard with the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Naxos label [of which I cannot find a good sized photo of the album cover]

I'm a bit mixed on this work. It has it's moment's, but so far it hasn't stuck with me like some of Janacek's other works
I don't wish to appear rude, but I think the problem may be the recording you have. I listened to this one on Spotify earlier and it is really dreadful. The overall sound is wooly and there are a couple of big errors by the timpanist in the opening fanfare section. The other movements are inconsistent - there is some nice string playing at the start of the 3rd movement and it's nice to be able to actually hear the harp, but overall it is a recording that's never going to inspire.
 

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I don't wish to appear rude, but I think the problem may be the recording you have. I listened to this one on Spotify earlier and it is really dreadful. The overall sound is wooly and there are a couple of big errors by the timpanist in the opening fanfare section. The other movements are inconsistent - there is some nice string playing at the start of the 3rd movement and it's nice to be able to actually hear the harp, but overall it is a recording that's never going to inspire.
Huh, I'll keep that in mind. Instead I might just listen to a performance on youtube
 

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I have listened to both Janacek´s string quartets, and Hary Janos suite, but never had the chance to listen to this Sinfonietta.
It will be provided by Youtube and all his new advertisements, which I (and I assume everybody else) hate. Who thought that forcing people to listen to publicity would be a good idea!!!
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Another composer I haven't listened to yet. This one will have to be a Sunday listen as I'm off to a concert tomorrow night and won't be home til late. In fact we have a full day out so I won't have an opportunity for any classical listening until the concert. And tonighr I'm on a Dvorak kick. But I'm looking forward to hearing yet another composer I haven't heard anything from.
 

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This was probably the first CD I bought in the late 80s. I didn't own a CD player, but my parents did. I was a starving student not living with my parents and substitute teacher until the mid 90s. I bought my first stereo and CD player at a Boxing Day Sale 1994. I still have that stereo. The CD sat at my parents place for over five years until I could get it back and play it myself.

I bought it after watching on TV an orchestra with 12 trumpets play the Janacek Sinfonietta. I thought that was so cool, I went out and bought the CD and played it once at my parents, and there it sat for some time.

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I had the chance (eventually) to listen to the new-release Naxos Sinfonietta (Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit) which acts as the filler for the Glagolitic Mass. First it must be said that this is a million miles ahead of the old Naxos release both in terms of performance and recording, but it strikes me that this is a piece which is very difficult to get absolutely right and there are several instances in this recording where the orchestra sounds low-weight and simply going through the motions such as the start of the second movement. I felt much the same about the Rattle / Philharmonia recording which starts well, but loses momentum as the work progresses. (Oh, the Rattle recording also has some odd noises in it - is Sir S making grunting sounds as he gurns? On the other hand, that may have just been Spotify).
The third movement is my favourite of the whole work and I was disappointed that Naxos seems to have omitted any microphone for the harp. The faster central section has some really good flute/piccolo flourishes and the brass v string balance is good - plus you get a rather dampened bell. In the quiet ending to this movement, the mic for the harp seems to be working now, or maybe the harpist was late in!
I don't particularly like the 4th movement and often skip it when I'm listening to the work, but here it is probably the best played movement of the lot - there is some really nice brass playing and I like the way Wit exaggerates the slowing down in the closing part of the movement until the dash to the end.
The final movement carries on the more positive feel to this recording started by the excellent previous movement and little touches in the score that often get overlooked in recordings are easy to hear here and show just how important they are; the lower descending notes in the clarinet after the screeching loud burst it has for example, and the flourishes in the lower woods just before the return of the fanfares. I'd prefer the timps to be a little further forward (they sound rather woolly) and unfortunately the whole thing loses impetus just before the very last chord, but overall not a bad recording, certainly better than some I've heard, but a long way from the very best.
 
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