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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's leading orchestras with a particularly strong reputation not only in music of its own country but in French music and 20th Century works. In 1894 the members of the orchestra of the Czech-speaking National Theater formed themselves into a Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first performance, January 4, 1896, was under Antonin Dvorak's baton. In 1901 the National Theater Orchestra went on strike and, as the Philharmonic, became an independent organization. Conductor Vaclav Talich (1883-1961) is credited with actually building it into a first-rate orchestra after Czech independence in 1918. Debuting with the orchestra in December, 1917, his thrilling premier of Josef Suk's Ripening led to his appointment as Principal Conductor. He resigned the position in 1941. By then the country was occupied by the Germans. In 1939 they founded a rival orchestra, the "German Philharmonic" of Prague. At the end of the war the members of the German Philharmonic moved to Germany and became the "Bamberg Philharmonic." Early in 1945 music critic Zdenek Nemec had been shot by the Gestapo simply for writing about a pending CPO performance of Smetana's "Ma Vlast." The orchestra gave a happier performance of it under its music director, Rafael Kubelik, in thanksgiving for the country's liberation.

On October 22, 1945, the orchestra lost its independent status when the Soviet-backed government nationalized it. In 1948, Kubelik fled Czechoslovakia, leaving Vaclav Neumann to be appointed music director briefly, to be succeeded in 1950 by Karel Ancerl. The orchestra made its first foreign tours in 1959, and in 1965 went for the first time to the USA and Canada. It recorded extensively for the State recording agency, Supraphon.

In 1968 the CPO lost another music director when Ancerl left for Canada as Russian troops crushed the liberty-minded "Prague Spring" government. Neumann was again appointed CPO chief conductor. He continued the elevation of the orchestra in musical quality. In 1989 Neumann spearheaded a protest over the government's continued repression of artists. The orchestra joined the protest, part of a process that brought down the Communist regime. The orchestra played Dvorak's Te Deum on December 14, 1989 in celebration of the election of anti-Communist Vaclav Havel as President.

On May 12, 1990, Rafael Kubelik returned from forty-two years of exile to lead the orchestra in a thrilling performance of "Ma Vlast." However, the 1990s were a difficult decade for the orchestra, as serious disagreements among the musicians broke out. In 1991 they chose Gerd Albrecht as chief conductor, effective in 1994 causing chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek to resign in 1992. Therefore, Albrecht took over a year later as a faction of musicians approached Zdenek Macal for the position. Albrecht and Belohlavek shared the 100th anniversary concert on January 4, 1996, but within the month Albrecht resigned.

In June, 1996, Vladimir Valek was appointed "Permanent Conductor," but not Chief Conductor. That post remained vacant. In January, 1997, Vladimir Ashkenazy first conducted the orchestra and was soon appointed Chief Conductor, effective January 1, 1998. ~ Joseph Stevenson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Compassion: A Tribute To Yehudi Menuhin

Composer: John Tavener
Title: Song Of The Angel, For Soprano, Violin & Strings
Composer: Shulamit Ran
Title: Yearning (Misterioso), For Violin & String Orchestra
Composer: Chen Yi
Title: Romance And Dance, For 2 Violins & String Orchestra
Composer: Hans Werner Henze
Title: Adagio, Adagio, Serenade, For Violin, Cello & Piano
Composer: Yinam Leef
Title: T'Filah, For 3 Violins
Composer: Poul Ruders
Title: Credo, For 2 Violins, Clarinet & String Orchestra
Composer: Somei Satoh
Title: Innocence, For Sho, Soprano & Violin (or Violin, Soprano & 6 Cellos)
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Title: Cantilena, For Solo Violin
Composer: Iannis Xenakis
Title: Hunem-Iduhey, For Violin & Cello
Composer: Lukas Foss
Title: Romance, For Soprano, Violin & String Orchestra
Composer: Karel Husa
Title: Stèle, For Solo Violin
Composer: Betty Olivero
Title: Achòt Ketana (Little Sister), For 3 Solo Violins, Soprano & String Orchestra With Clarinet
Composer: György Kurtág
Title: Ligatura, Hommage À Yehudi Menuhin For 2 Violins
Composer: Philip Glass
Title: Echorus, For 2 Violins & String Orchestra
Composer: Steve Reich
Title: Duet For 2 Violins & Strings, Or Chamber Ensemble
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Track List: Fucik: Entry Of The Gladiators / Marches; Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsody

Composer: Julius Fucik
Title: Florentiner-marsch For Orchestra, Op 214
Title: Marinarella, Overture For Orchestra, Op 215
Title: Donausagen, Waltz
Title: Entry Of The Gladiators (Einzug Der Gladiatoren), March For Orchestra, Op. 68
Title: Der Alte Brummbär, Comic Polka For Bassoon & Orchestra, Op 210
Title: Wintersturme Op. 184
Title: Hercegovac, March For Orchestra, Op 235
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 For Orchestra In D Major, B. 86/1 (Op. 45/1)
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Track List: Galakonzert Aus Prag

Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Title: Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), Opera, Jb 1:100
Composer: Zdenek Fibich
Title: At Twilight (Am Abend), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra, Op. 39
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Polonaise For Orchestra In E Flat Major, B. 100
Composer: Vilém Blodek
Title: In The Well, Opera
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Title: Nasim Devám (To Our Girls), Polka For Orchestra (Or Piano) In D Major, Jb 1:86
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: The Devil And Kate (Cert A Káca), Opera, B. 201 (Op. 112)
Composer: Leos Janácek
Title: Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) For Orchestra, Jw 6/17
Composer: Oskar Nedbal
Title: Der Faule Hans, Ballet
Title: Polenblut, Operetta
Composer: Josef Suk (composer)
Title: V Roztouzeni
Composer: Karel Kovarovic
Title: Havírská Polka (Miner's Polka) For Orchestra
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Title: Kytice (Bouquet Of Flowers), Song Cycle For Soloists, (Children's) Chorus & Orchestra, H. 260
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Festival March (Slavnostní Pochod), For Orchestra In C Major, B. 88 (Op. 54)

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