César Franck Symphony in D minor Karel Ančerl/RCO





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This is a tribute to one of the great conductors of the twentieth century: Karel Ančerl (11 April 1908 -- 3 July 1973), who was a Czech conductor, known for his performances of contemporary music and for his interpretations of music by Czech composers. His recordings with Czech Philharmonic acquired many international awards (several times Golden Harmony Award, Grand Prix du disque, etc.) and digitalized titled, Karel Ančerl Gold Edition was awarded by Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros

Ančerl's remarkable control of orchestral dynamics, along with an exceptional grasp of both musical form and detail made him an especially effective recording artist. His broad range of recordings for the Czech Supraphon label have been carefully preserved with digital technology. In addition to performances of Czech masters Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Miloslav Kabeláč, Ančerl interpreted early 20th century masters Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Sergei Prokofiev and the Toronto-based organist/composer Healey Willan. His 1968 Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 is widely admired.

Memorial plaque to Czech conductor Karel Ančerl unveiled on September 6, 1998 on building of municipal office in his native Tučapy, Tábor District.
As a conductor, Ančerl followed a recognizably Czech tradition and, along with Václav Talich, Karel Šejna, Václav Neumann and numerous others, he helped to create a sense of tradition and a definable sound world related to a definable sense of Czech music. Sharp rhythms, vibrant dynamics, and a strongly etched sound world were hall-marks of his conducting style. These aspects were most noticeable when he conducted his home orchestra - the Czech Philharmonic, but he also managed to get orchestras as diverse as the Toronto Symphony, the Vienna Symphony and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to also play with a sharp, distinctive and altogether Czech sound. In recent years not only have his many Supraphon recordings been reissued on CD but performances with these other orchestras have also surfaced on labels such as Tahra, CBC Records and EMI. Labels such as Line Classics have issued some radio recordings made during the late 1940s, when Ančerl returned to Prague. To date, operas by Smetana and Dvořák have also surfaced.
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