Juin 1965 : les Smetana ont pris le train de Prague à Stuttgart pour y fixer les quatuors de Janacek, fer de lance de leur répertoire. Janvier 2016 : on ne se gratte pas la tête bien longtemps au moment d'élire le carré d d'as de la discographie comparée que nous consacrons au N° 2 (cf. Diapason n° 642). Non seulement la formation signe là sa meilleure lecture enregistrée de la pièce, la deuxième sur cinq, mais elle domine aussi les gravures « historiques » du chef-d'œuvre aux côtés des Vlach.
This was one of Mtume's '80s "sophisti-funk" projects, with a mix of socially conscious lyrics, love songs, and uptempo cuts, plus collective vocals and sparing production and arrangements. The title cut was a huge R&B hit, peaking at number two and even generating some crossover pop action. Mtume got two other R&B smashes, one in the Top 20, and the album proved one of his best. A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard.
The Quatuor Diotima offers a passionate performance of both quartets that would merit consideration in any case, but sample the viola d'amore's opening utterance at the beginning of track 9, and you may decide, even if you are already a confirmed admirer of Janácek's tense but richly romantic music, that a rehearing of these works is in order.James Manheim (allmusic.com)
The film is an evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery. The main actors of the film, uncle Pepin and Maryška, are based on real family members of Hrabal: Maryška on his mother and uncle Pepin on his real uncle, who came to stay two weeks in the town but remained for fory years. His spontaneous stories influenced a lot Hrabal's literary work.