Janacek: Sinfonietta; Violin Concerto; The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Janacek
LABELS: Arte Nova
WORKS: Sinfonietta; Violin Concerto; The Cunning Little Vixen Suite
PERFORMER: Christiane Edinger (violin) SWF SO/Václav Neumann
CATALOGUE NO: 74321 30481 2 1986/90
The Sinfonietta starts promisingly with hard drumsticks and a rasping, forward brass sound. Sadly, Neumann does not permit much flexibility in his interpretation and occasionally orchestral brashness tips over into inaccuracy and shaky ensemble; the outline is sound, but the details disappoint. The performance of the Cunning Little Vixen Suite has an engaging theatricality, but the rendition of the reconstructed Violin Concerto is a good deal less full-blooded than Neumann’s recording with Josef Suk on Supraphon. Jan Smaczny

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