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Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Marek Stilec – Wranitzky – Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Marek Stilec – Wranitzky – Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:13:44 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
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Czech by birth, Paul Wranitzky settled in Vienna where he became highly respected as an orchestra leader and composer. Today overshadowed by his friends Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Wranitzky was the most important symphonist in Vienna in the late 1790s. The colourful overture to Der Schreiner (“The Carpenter”) is followed by three contrasting symphonies. The dramatic La Tempesta contains elaborate storm effects, which predate Beethoven’s “Pastoral” by over a decade. The compact Symphony in A major represents Wranitzky’s early symphonic period of the mid-1780s while the Symphony in F major is notable for its catchy themes and masterful scoring.

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Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Marek Stilec – Fibich – Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Marek Stilec – Fibich – Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:13 minutes | 2,04 GB | Genre: Classical
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Zdenek Fibich’s three symphonies project very different qualities: No. 1 prizes structural integration, and No. 2 cyclical unity. Symphony No. 3, written only two years before his untimely death, but at the zenith of his powers as one of the Czech Lands’ leading composers, reveals Fibich’s sustained melodic and atmospheric powers as the music pursues the ‘darkness to light’ trajectory synonymous with the symphony during the 19th century. The remaining pieces, drawn from his best stage works, showcase operatic qualities that extend the dramatic lineage of Smetana. This is the final volume in this series. Marek Štilec is an alumnus of the International Järvi Academy and Jac van Steen’s Emerging Conductors Series, and has participated in the masterclasses of Michael Tilson Thomas and Jorma Panula, among others. He conducts a wide range of leading orchestras, including the New World Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra, Das Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Wiener Concertverein Orchester, the Orchestra of the Swan, the London Classical Soloists, the Berlin Camerata, the Kammerphilharmonie Graz and Sinfonietta Bratislava, as well as the top orchestras in the Czech Republic.

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Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra & Marek Stilec – Novak – Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra & Marek Štilec – Novák – Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:06 minutes | 935 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

Vítezslav Novák, a composition student of Dvorák, rose to prominence with a series of increasingly ambitious orchestral works that reflect his very personal amalgam of folk music elements, impressionism and late Romanticism. The far-ranging harmonies heard in Toman and the Wood Nymph earned Novák some notoriety – his evocation of supernatural magic and human passion results in music of heady intensity. The evocative aura of the later South Bohemian Suite is notable for the subtlety with which folk songs are embedded into its textures.

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Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice & Marek Stilec – Wranitzky: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice & Marek Štilec – Wranitzky: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:41 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

Czech-born Paul Wranitzky, a contemporary of Mozart, was the most important symphonist in Vienna at the turn of the 18th century. To mark the ascension to the throne of Franz II in 1792, Wranitzky wrote the grand Symphony in C major, a work of regal quality and festive exuberance. Wranitzky’s mature symphonic style is on display in the Symphony in B-flat major, with its expanded orchestral forces, contrasting textures and broad musical invention. Overtures from two operas offer a sampling of Wranitzky’s dramatic writing for the stage.

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