Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc – Polarities, Vol. 2 (2021)
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The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (in Czech, the Moravská Filharmonie Olomouc) has been an important presence on the Czech music scene since its formation in 1945, attracting a range of international collaborators. With specialties in Czech and Viennese repertory, the orchestra has also premiered some 250 new works.
The Moravian Philharmonic was founded in 1945 in the city of Olomouc, shortly after it was liberated from German control. Director Dalibor Doubek assembled the group from musicians who had been active in the city previously, as conditions permitted. The orchestra played its first concert on May 26, 1945, performing the symphonic poem Ma Vlast (My Country) of Bedřich Smetana. By the end of the 1946 season, the orchestra had 52 members and was well established. Otto Klemperer and Václav Neumann each conducted the group in its early years, and in 1950, it performed for the first time at the newly established Prague Spring Festival. Collaborators included violinists David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin and pianist Sviatoslav Richter. The orchestra toured Poland in 1958 and made its first visit to western Europe the following year, playing a series of Beethoven programs in Italy. The orchestra expanded further under its second conductor, Zdeněk Mácal, who established a new associated chamber orchestra in the mid-1960s. Later conductors included Petr Vronsky and, since 2018, Jakub Klecker.
1. Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc – Spirit Visions (Version for Orchestra)
2. Zagreb Festival Orchestra – I. —
3. Zagreb Festival Orchestra – II. —
4. Zagreb Festival Orchestra – III. —
5. Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra – Species of Motion
6. Zagreb Festival Orchestra – 91919
7. Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra – Labored Breathing
8. Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra – Suffolk Variations