Glagolitic Mass (September 1927-Version, World Premier Recording)
The Eternal Gospel (Věčné evangelium)
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leoš Janáček – Glagolitic Mass (the “September 1927” version – world premiere recording), The Eternal Gospel (1914) – Legend for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra, based on Jaroslav Vrchlický’s poem
Glagolitic Mass: Andrea Danková – soprano, Jana Sýkorová – alto, Tomáš Juhás – tenor, Jozef Benci – bass. The Eternal Gospel: Pavel Černoch – tenor, Alžběta Poláčková – soprano. Prague Philharmonic Choir, chorus master: Lukáš Vasilek, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Tomáš Netopil
In the wake of the highly acclaimed recording of Janáček’s symphonic works (Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, etc., SU 4131; Orchestral Choice, Gramophone, August 2013), Tomáš Netopil and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra have focused on the composer’s vocal- instrumental pieces. The Glagolitic Mass is a generally known work, yet not in the composer’s original “September 1927” version, as it was performed at the premiere in Brno, which has been recorded for the very first time for this CD. It is fascinating to observe how many distinct traits of Janáček’s expressive musical language have vanished from the work as a result of its later modifications. The Eternal Gospel, on the other hand, is a piece virtually unknown worldwide (the only previous Supraphon recording was made almost fifty years ago). Janáček was inspired by, and created the libretto on the basis of, Jaroslav Vrchlický’s poem about the medieval monk Joachim de Fiore, to whom an angel appeared, bringing tidings of the arrival of a realm of love. Janáček worked on the piece concurrently with the opera The Excursion of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and completed it in the spring of 1914, a few months prior to the outbreak of World War I. Netopil’s new recording may facilitate bringing the remarkable work back to concert stages.
A premiere recording of the Glagolitic Mass’s original version.
This album has received following awards:
Gramophone Editor’s Choice (2014) Recording of the Month, MusicWeb International (2014) Sinfini Music Album of the Week (2014)