Janacek: Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba / Janowski, Berlin Radio Symphony

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This album offers two of the best known and most loved works by Leos Janacek. The Glagolitic Mass was thus described by a musicologist: "It has absolutely everything, it’s engrossing and enthralling and captivating and startling and soothing and primitive and pristine and incredibly spiritual".


A lean, cleanly contoured Glagolitic. Taras Bulba is generally well played.

– BBC Music Magazine

Janacek's signature dotted rhythms are somewhat rounded, smoothing out the usual angularity in this music. The strings play with a beautiful warm tone as opposed to the silvery glint of the Czech orchestras. The recording follows suit, with its warm tone.

– American Record Guide

Janowski takes an altogether gentler view of the work compared to the ebullient energy of Kubelik and in particular Mackerras. Not suprisingly, Janowski is at his most effective in the 'Agnece Bozij' (Agnus Dei); this is gracefully done. The extraordinary organ solo is well played.

– Gramophone

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: PTC5186388

  • UPC: 827949038860

  • Label: Pentatone

  • Composer: Leoš Janáček

  • Conductor: Marek Janowski

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Aga Mikolaj, Arutiun Kotchinian, Iris Vermillion, Stuart Neill