Janacek: Danube, Etc / Pesek, Valaskova, Husek, Slovak Po
The same is true for the two charming sets of dances, one of which, the Suite Op. 3, takes music from the opera The Beginning of a Romance (and its third movement from the Lachian Dances). Best of all are the two movements designed as incidental music to the play Schluck und Jau. Heaven only knows what they represent, but here is 10 minutes of prime late Janácek in all of his quirky, vibrant, irresistible strangeness. And Pešek really does get first class playing from his orchestra here. Its tonal qualities may be a bit rough (aptly so, as noted above), but it's clear that these musicians know how to play this music. Clear recorded sound lets you hear all of the necessary details of scoring and color. It may be only 49 minutes or so of music, but Janácek is one of those composers who packs a lot of punch into small spaces, and at the Naxos price this interesting collection offers listeners good value.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: 8555245
Composer: Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Jana Valàskovà, Zdenek Husek