Last album of Jiří Bělohlávek with the music of Martinů collects awards
In the autumn of last year, Supraphon released the last album of conductor Jiří Bělohlávek with the music of Bohuslav Martinů. Since then, the recording with one-act opera What Men Live By and Symphony No. 1 has been collecting awards both home and abroad, such as Choice of the Harmonie magazine, Recording of the Week by Presto Classical, Diapason Découverte awarded to the rare discoveries, and Disc of the Month by Opera Magazine. The album also recorded, besides Jiří Bělohlávek, the Czech Philharmonic, Ivan Kusnjer, Petr Svoboda, Jan Martiník, Lucie Silkenová, Ester Pavlů, Jaroslav Březina, Josef Špaček (narrator), Lukáš Mareček and Martinů Voices (chorus master Lukáš Vasilek) perform in the recording.
„Mission accomplished with a great deal of sovereignty.“ Diapason / Nicolas Derny - Diapason Découverte
„It is something special.“ Gramophone / Guy Rickards - Review
„Bělohlávek’s affection for the music shines through in every bar, and no one understood better where this oftenoverlooked score sits in the composer’s wider oeuvre. (…) Martinů wrote that he wanted the work to be performed joyfully and without either religious heaviness or operatic affectation—‘It should be sung like a folk song, devoid of pathos. I think that the text itself is beautiful and so it does not need to be in any way enhanced’—and this recording captures that tone perfectly.“ Opera / John Allison - Disc of the Month
"Bělohlávek gets the balance between solemn religiosity and rustic energy just right.“ Presto Classical / Katherine Cooper - Recording of the Week
„Briefly said: a top-notch recording and at the same time extraordinary dramaturgical work of Supraphon.“ Harmonie / Bohuslav Vítek - Choice of the Magazine