Janácek: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Four Operatic Preludes

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COMPOSERS: Janacek
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Four Operatic Preludes
PERFORMER: Pro Arte Orchestra/Charles Mackerras; Philharmonia Orchestra/Simon Rattle
CATALOGUE NO: HMV 5 68338 2 ADD/DDD (available HMV shops only) (1960/83)

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The addition of four opera preludes to the familiar coupling of Janácek’s Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba is a nice touch. Mackerras gives them blistering performances, which stand up well alongside Rattle’s highly charged reading of Taras. His vintage recording of the Sinfonietta, a touch indulgent and with rather acid sound, is not in the same league, but does not seriously detract from an otherwise tempting issue.

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Jan Smaczny