Karel Ancerl’s incomparable recording of Janácek’s resplendently barbaric Sinfonietta remains not only the finest available version of the work, but also is the best recorded … Although it was captured as long ago as 1961, no other version so effectively conveys the panoramic splendor of the trumpet-led opening across the stereo spectrum, no other offers such clarity in passages such as the finale’s hair-raising wind writing, and no other balances the orchestra against the massed brass of the closing pages so naturally and cleanly. Technically it’s quite an achievement …
This recording of Mahler's ninth symphony is rarely included in the "critics' choice" lists of Mahler recordings. I have never seen it listed as a reference recording. I don't know why, because I grasp it as an outstanding, perfectly convincing, hair-raising, superbly played and deeply moving recording of Mahler's masterpiece.
Czech: Ančerl Gold Edition 10, Prokofjev, Symfonie č. 1 D dur, Koncerty pro klavír a orchestr č. 1 a 2
Sviatoslav Richter, Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK | Dagmar Baloghová, Česká Filharmonie | Karel Ančerl
Karel Ancerl conducts one of the most luminous and beautiful Dvorák Sixths on disc. - Victor Carr Jr
Much as I love this work, and enjoy other performances (including Kubelik, Neumann, Jilek, and Mackerras), this is one of those rare occasions where you really can point your finger to a single version and say, "This is the best." - David Hurwitz
"…The program she presents here is terrific: the Wesendonk Lieder and Zemlinsky songs are pretty common in recitals, but I know of no other recital disc where the “Song of the Wood Dove” from Schoenberg’s massive Gurrelieder appears, and the Brahms Alto Rhapsody is similarly rarely recorded outside of complete Brahms sets. Pecková, whose voice is a hair light for all the music here (she sings Rosina and Cherubino, and the lighter soprano role of Varvara in Katya Kabanova), does much of the program proud…" ~classicstoday
… In 1983 the Grand Prix Academy Charles Cross was received in Paris for the recording of Martinů's Quartet Nos. 4 and 6. The Panocha Quartet places particular emphasis on Czech music especially the works of Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů. Its extensive repertoire also included many Viennese classics, notably many of the quartets of Haydn…
Foerster's piano trios in the first complete digital recording! New recording. The works of Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859–1951) have deservedly experienced a renaissance in recent years. Following the acclaimed albums of his two violin concertos (SU 3961-2), cello concerto (SU 3989-2) and complete string quartets (SU 4050-2), SUPRAPHON has now released the first-ever digital recording featuring the complete Foerster piano trios. And as in the case of the string quartets, the three piano trios too represent various creative phases, with the first and third being divided by almost four decades.
..the real draw is this best-ever performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony. - David Hurwitz