Dvorak - Overtures (2016)

Dvorak

PKF-Prague Philharmonia

Jakub Hrusa

In the copious oeuvre of the Czech composer Antonín Dvorák no small place belongs to his overtures - pieces for orchestra comparable in length and form to the first movement of a symphony, intended to precede a performance of an opera or spoken play, or in some cases only simulating such a function, whereby the listener can imagine a theatrical work which does not in fact follow. Dvorák composed no less than thirteen overtures. Eight were written to precede performances of his operas: of his eleven works in that genre only three do not have and never had orchestral introductions substantial enough to be considered overtures. And then there are the works on this recording: five overtures, each a masterpiece in its own way, showing an interesting progression toward full independence  whereby the overture directly expresses some scene or story rather than merely anticipating it. My Home from 1882, written and originally performed as the overture to a spoken play, which play however fell out of the repertoire whereas the overture has lived on, the Hussite Overture from 1883 intended to precede a spoken play which was never completed, and the overtures In Nature’s Realm, Carnival, and Othello from 1891-92 intended from the outset as concert works, with the ‘story’ specified in the first two instances only by the title but in the last (inspired by Shakespeare) also via verbal indications Dvo?ák wrote into his manuscript score referring to some particular episodes in the play. The logical continuation in his output came with his five symphonic poems from 1896-97: orchestral pieces that serve not as an anticipation

 

 
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Jakub Hrusa

Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hruša is Chief Conductor Designate of the Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), and served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF – Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015.
He is a regular guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio Franc

PKF-Prague Philharmonia

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia, originally called the Prague Philharmonia, was founded in 1994 on the initiative of worldfamous conductor, Jirí Belohlávek. Shortly after its establishment, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia joined the ranks of the most respected Czech orchestras and it garnered great renown in Europe as well as around the world.
The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is praised for its characteristic sound, created in large part by the key focus of its repertoire: Viennese Classicism. 
The repertoire also includes Romance compositions, as well as modern and contemporary music, performed within a Special Concert series unique among the range of Czech orchestras.
On the threshold of the 2015–2016 season, respected French conductor Emmanuel Villaume is taking over the orchestra’s reins. His predecessor in the post of Chief Conductor and Music Director was Jakub Hruša, a representative of the younger generation. The second Chief Conductor was Swiss conductor and flautist, Kaspar Zehnder. The ensemble’s founder and globally celebrated Czech conductor, Jirí Belohlávek, was at its helm until 2005 when he was named the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate.

 

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Dvorak - Overtures (2016)

Dvorak

PKF-Prague Philharmonia

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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1.
Nature, Life and Love - In Nature's Realm Overture Op. 91
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Nature, Life and Love - Carnival Overture Op. 92
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Nature, Life and Love - Othello Overture Op. 93
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My Home - Overture Op. 62
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Hussite Overture Op. 67
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