Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Karel Ančerl Plays Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Britten

When he was founding the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Robert Schumann considered his prime goal to be to introduce the journal's music-loving readers to the musicians' workshop, since he believed only such intimate observation was apt to open up a safe way towards understanding the surprising discoveries that were characteristic of contemporary composers. A hundred years later the same idea inspired Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953) and, after him, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), in their attempts at taking children and young people on a listening tour of the inner space of the compositional art, by means of instructive pieces of music. They were not intended as school works, but rather as fully fledged regular compositions. They had their singular special trait in a focus on certain essential features, with a view to illustrating both the driving force behind various musical ideas, and their organic integration within the defintive statement made by the composition  as a whole. As if they had been propelled by instructions of the illustrious educationalist, Comenius, both composers emphasized the premise of the world of art being accessible through the experience of pleasure. Accordingly, their works are playful in the true sense of the word. Music is played by the instruments as well as, simultaneously, by the listener's ear which actually also plays with the music, being constantly urged to put its individual components together until the picture is quite complete...
Ivan Vojtěch, 1992, from the booklet

Karel Ančerl


Igor Stravinsky

1 I. The Shrove-tide Fair  9:58
(Danse russe)
2 II. Petrushka  4:22
3 III. The Blackamour, Valse  6:34
4 IV. The Shrove-tide Fair and the Death of Petrushka
Wet-nurce's Danse — Peasant with Bear —
Gypsies and a Rake Vendor — Dance of the Coachmen —
Masqueraders — The Scuffle —
Blackamoor and Petrushka — Death of Petrushka —
Police and the Juggler —
Apparition of Petrushka's Double  13:07

Serge Prokofiev

5 Peter and the Wolf
Symphonic Tale for Children, Op. 67  23:16

Benjamin Britten

6 The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34  17:47


Czech Philharmonic
Karel Ančerl - dir

Recorded at the Dvorak Hall of the House of Artists, Prague ; March 26-28 & 30, 1962 [# 1-4] ; October 26, 1960 & February 1, 6 & 11, 1963 [# 5] ; & March 7, 1963 [# 6]

1 comment:

gabor said...

would you be so kind to reupload it? Thanks in advance.