Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Amarus

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

LABELS: Supraphon
WORKS: Glagolitic Mass; Amarus
PERFORMER: Gabriela BenŠacková, Eva Randová, Vilém Pribyl, Sergei Kopcák, Leo Marian Vodicka, KveŠtoslava NeŠmecková, Václav Zítek (singers), Jan Hora (organ)Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno State PO/Frantisek Jílek, Czech PO/Charles Mackerras
CATALOGUE NO: SU 3045-2 AAD 1979/84
Jílek’s performance of the Glagolitic Mass is one of the most attractive available. BenŠacková’s soprano solos are radiant and there is some superb string playing. Paradoxically, the very beauty of the sound achieved seems slightly at variance with the craggy nature of the work – only in the larger tuttis and the uproarious Intrada is he completely at one with Janácek’s vision. Mackerras’s reading of the early cantata Amarus is a good deal more engaged: a wholeheartedly dramatic performance of this moving work. Jan Smaczny