Leos Janacek

Born 3 July 1854. Died 12 August 1928.

Czech composer

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Janacek: From the House of the Dead

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Janacek's From the House of the Dead.

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Leoš Janáček (, baptised Leo Eugen Janáček; 3 July 1854 – 12 August 1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style.

Until 1895 he devoted himself mainly to folkloristic research and his early musical output was influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvořák. His later, mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis, first evident in the opera Jenůfa, which was premiered in 1904 in Brno. The success of Jenůfa (often called the "Moravian national opera") at Prague in 1916 gave Janáček access to the world's great opera stages. Janáček's later works are his most celebrated. They include operas such as Káťa Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen, the Sinfonietta, the Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba, two string quartets, and other chamber works. Along with Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, he is considered one of the most important Czech composers.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Excursions Of Mr Broucek

    The Excursions Of Mr Broucek 2008

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    This may not be the last recorded word on Broucek, but right now it sounds like a...
  2. Review of The Makropulos Case

    The Makropulos Case 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    It’s the only opera I know starring a diva who’s over 300 years old, and still...
  3. Review of The Diary of One Who Disappeared & Piano Works

    The Diary of One Who Disappeared & Piano Works 2002

    Reviewed by Matthew Shorter
    Listening to Janácek has some similarities to spending time with a small child.
  4. Review of Two String Quartets

    Two String Quartets

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    Janácek wrote these two string quartets to express his love for Kamila Stosslova. The...
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