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4.5 out of 5 stars
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on 17 March 2014
A must have for Janacek/Mackerras fans. One of the greatest conductors in this music, with one of the worlds greatest orchestras, beautifully recorded. If you are new to Janacek, or perhaps only know the Sinfonietta, this is a great place to start; Taras Bulba will come as a lovely surprise. Enjoy it, great fun
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on 13 October 2014
Excellent!
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on 20 May 2015
The very best recording
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on 15 August 2014
a good recording
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on 2 March 2014
These recordings date from 1979 (Cunning Little Vixen, though not released until 1986) and 1980 (Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba, released as the two sides of a 1981 LP). It seems strange that Decca have never released these three recordings by Sir Charles Mackerras and the Vienna Philharmonic on a single disc before - previous re-issues have mixed recordings of Janacek's music by other conductors and orchestras with the Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba, whilst the Talich arrangement of a suite from Cunning Little Vixen has been coupled with Mackerras's recording of the complete opera. This 67 minute disc is a straight re-issue of Disc 31 of the 50CD The Decca Sound box-set, albeit with a stock photo on the booklet front rather than a replica of the original LP cover. The recordings were made in Vienna's Sofiensaal - as the Virtuoso series is aimed at people building their first classical collection information about recording location and previous releases is omitted from the booklet and the liner notes don't assume prior knowledge.

The recording is what used to be called 'demonstration quality' as it's a sonic spectacular that exemplifies the Decca sound - in the opening of the Sinfonietta brass and percussion demand attention, in Taras Bulba the organ is visceral. Where woodwind and strings carry the music they are characterful and presented with appropriate depth and warmth. In other words the recording brings out the drama, excitement and beauty of the music as required. As to the music itself Mackerras was renowned in Czech music and the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world's great orchestras, and on this disc the performances demonstrate their reputations are both deserved. Highly recommended - this makes a perfect introduction to Janacek's orchestral music as well as being first choice recordings for the collector.

Amazon sometimes has trouble with attaching reviews of classical music to the right recordings, and CDs of these works by Netopil, Nott and other Mackerras releases all have the same reviews attached regardless of conductor and the intentions of the reviewers, who clearly knew which performace they were reviewing: for the sake of certainty this review is about Janacek: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; The Cunning Little Vixen Suite.
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on 29 December 2014
Overrated. Just like most Mackerras recordings of Janacek, including his operas. It's probably worth four stars but I'm giving it three because I'm so fed up with the hype. I go to Prague and Brno to hear Janacek operas - literally and also on disc. For the SInfonietta I prefer the Czech PO/Belohlavek in good modern sound or the older and nicely lyrical Czech PO/Neumann recording, which is probably my favourite. Why go to Vienna for your Janacek when the Czech PO is such a great orchestra?
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