Leoš Janáček

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From Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams: more musical voices who have changed our world
Over the past few months, our Know the Score series introduced 20 great composers. But what of the many we couldn’t write about? Martin Kettle suggests some other names whose music is well worth exploring

Martin Kettle

25, Nov, 2020 @1:36 PM

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First night of the Proms review – the moon, and female stars
Zosha Di Castri’s evocative tribute to the Apollo moon landing led an opening night that, under the baton of Karina Canellakis, felt subtly like an upward leap

Erica Jeal

21, Jul, 2019 @10:22 AM

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Katya Kabanova: from a muse to a monstrous mother-in-law
Three separate productions of Janáček’s tragedy are in UK opera houses this season. What is it about this work that makes it resonate still in today’s world?

Jan Smaczny

07, Feb, 2019 @5:58 PM

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The week in classical: From the House of the Dead; A Midsummer Night’s Dream – review
Royal Opera’s take on Janáček’s brutal work dazzles – plus a double helping of Titania, Bottom and friends

Fiona Maddocks

11, Mar, 2018 @7:59 AM

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From the House of the Dead review – formidable performances humanise Janáček's vision of hell
If Krzysztof Warlikowski’s staging loses focus at points, outstanding performances and Mark Wigglesworth’s conducting ensure this is a compelling evening

Tim Ashley

08, Mar, 2018 @2:27 PM

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From the House of the Dead shines a light into darkness
Janáček’s final opera is peopled with aggressive and unpleasant characters, but the beauty of its music speaks powerfully of the need for empathy and understanding, says the conductor of a new production

Mark Wigglesworth

07, Mar, 2018 @12:54 PM

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BBCSO/Gardner review – a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness
Edward Gardner dug deeper into Janáček, while violinist Tasmin Little explored the languid lyricism of Szymanowski

Andrew Clements

08, Jan, 2017 @2:28 PM

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Janáček: Orchestral Suites CD review – detail and richness

Kate Molleson

22, Sep, 2016 @2:30 PM

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The Cunning Little Vixen review – pulsing with life
Elena Tsallagova is magnetic as a vivacious Vixen Sharp-Ears in this sumptuous revival of Melly Still’s tenderly cartoonish production

Erica Jeal

15, Jun, 2016 @10:41 AM

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Janáček: Orchestral Works Vol 3 CD review – ablaze with excitement
Stellar soloists join Edward Gardner and Bergen’s massed ranks for Janáček at full throttle

Fiona Maddocks

06, Mar, 2016 @7:45 AM

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Janáček: Moravian Folk Songs CD review – clear, candid voices
The twisting modal tunes and jagged lyrics of Janáček’s Czech folk songs are rendered here with clarity without overstatement or excess glossiness

Kate Molleson

17, Dec, 2015 @6:45 PM

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Janacek/Dvorak: Sinfonietta/Ninth Symphony review – meaty, boisterous programme on period instruments
Jos Van Immerseel incorporates light, bright articulation and taught energy into a French baroque and Viennese classical repertoire

Kate Molleson

08, Oct, 2015 @5:15 PM

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