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Who is your favorite Czech composer?

Dvořák
15 (36.6%)
Janáček
18 (43.9%)
Martinů
5 (12.2%)
Smetana
1 (2.4%)
Zelenka
0 (0%)
Suk
0 (0%)
Reicha
1 (2.4%)
Other
1 (2.4%)

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Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« on: November 03, 2010, 03:56:09 AM »
Kdo je váš oblibený český skladatel?

Time for another dumb poll pitting composers against each other. Supraphon's website just had a similar poll, so I thought it would be fun to do the same thing here, for fans of this small country's amazing musical legacy.
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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 04:03:09 AM »
Janacek followed by Martinu and Suk for me.
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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010, 04:04:51 AM »
Kdo je váš oblibený český skladatel?

Time for another dumb poll pitting composers against each other. Supraphon's website just had a similar poll, so I thought it would be fun to do the same thing here, for fans of this small country's amazing musical legacy.
I don't think I could live without Dvorak. He has pretty much every genre covered well. Some of the others on the list are quite good and deserve more publicity, but Dvorak is just so strong.
Offenbach gets a raw deal in recordings considering his talent! For a discussion of this outstanding composer too little recorded: http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,5572.

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 04:27:30 AM »
FYI, the Supraphon poll (you can go vote at www.supraphon.com) is currently showing Dvorak out in front; Martinu slightly behind him in 2nd place; Janacek slightly behind Martinu; and Smetana trailing way behind the other guys in 4th place. (they didn't include anyone else)
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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2010, 05:23:48 AM »
I can't vote on the Supraphon, and I've tried three different browsers.  Dvorak must win! ;D

I liked how they said which do you listen to the most often?  Not who is greatest, favorite etc etc  So I'll interpret this poll the same way:

Dvorak = Martinu > (Janacek = Smetana) in terms of my listening habits. :)
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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 05:33:46 AM »
Much as I love Janacek and his Glagolitic Mass, Dvorak is my musical soulmate and always has been. Dvorak's quintets opp. 77 and 81, and Symphony No 8, are about as close as you can get to my worldview and personality expressed in musical notation. :)

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 05:37:09 AM »
Much as I love Janacek and his Glagolitic Mass, Dvorak is my musical soulmate and always has been. Dvorak's quintets opp. 77 and 81, and Symphony No 8, are about as close as you can get to my worldview and personality expressed in musical notation. :)

I always thought you were a rhapsody in blue kind of personality! :D

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010, 05:38:52 AM »
Do I even need to say....?

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 05:40:54 AM »
I only have one Janacek cd so maybe I should make this a Janacek and Ravel day. :)

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 05:41:35 AM »
Martinu, second place would go to Janacek.  None of the others appear in my CD player with any regularity.


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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2010, 05:43:50 AM »
Janáček for me, with Dvořák and Martinů not far behind.  Works by all three are among my all-time favorites; I only chose Janáček because my list of faves by him is slightly longer.

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2010, 05:54:53 AM »
I only have one Janacek cd so maybe I should make this a Janacek and Ravel day. :)

David, David, David.... tut, tut, tut! Please let it be the string quartets that you have - how anyone can live without them is beyond me  0:)

But a Janacek and Ravel day sounds like heaven - when I get a free spell to do some listening I might follow suit.

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2010, 05:56:37 AM »
But a Janacek and Ravel day sounds like heaven

Mm, mm, good!

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2010, 05:57:59 AM »
David, David, David.... tut, tut, tut! Please let it be the string quartets that you have - how anyone can live without them is beyond me  0:)

But a Janacek and Ravel day sounds like heaven - when I get a free spell to do some listening I might follow suit.

Hmmm, better add Janacek, Ravel didn't write enough music to last a whole day, did he? Two hours of piano music, two hours of chamber music, three hours of orchestral music (cheating, most of it transcriptions of piano music).  But there are some songs, that might tide you over until lunch.   ;D

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2010, 05:58:40 AM »
Yes Luke it is the string quartets that I have, specifically this recording:


 :)

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2010, 05:59:32 AM »
Yes, Davey! The "shrimps"! : )

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2010, 06:01:04 AM »
Hmmm, better add Janacek, Ravel didn't write enough music to last a whole day, did he? Two hours of piano music, two hours of chamber music, three hours of orchestral music (cheating, most of it transcriptions of piano music).  But there are some songs, that might tide you over until lunch.   ;D

Which would you rather listen to?  One day of the complete works of Ravel and Webern or one month of the complete works of Telemann?  Quality > Quantity. :)

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2010, 06:03:19 AM »
Phew!  ;)  ;D And that's a great recording of them, too, more fully alive to the folk music aspect of the scores than most. The members of the quartet are accomplished players of Czech folk music too - and there's a simply lovely disc of them in a string quartet arrangement of J's piano accompaniments to Moravian folksongs, sung here by Iva Bittova - it's perfectly poised between the various stools between which it complicatedly falls....the quartet even sing along with Bittova at points; a winner, that disc is. I ramble...

If you ever get the chance to hear the Smetana Quartet in these two quartets, grab it (my own personal choice, it goes without saying)

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2010, 06:04:05 AM »
Ravel didn't write enough music to last a whole day, did he? Two hours of piano music, two hours of chamber music, three hours of orchestral music (cheating, most of it transcriptions of piano music).  But there are some songs, that might tide you over until lunch.   ;D

The purely orchestral works/ballets probably take up 3 CDs, plus the two operas, piano concertos - about 320 minutes there, plus the piano and chamber music, that's 9 hours sans songs and obscurities. :) Which is why it's so baffling that I'm having to wait so long for a Brilliant Classics Complete Ravel Edition.

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Re: Czech Composers vs. Each Other
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2010, 06:09:53 AM »
Quote from: Scarpia
... three hours of orchestral music (cheating, most of it transcriptions of piano music.

Scarps, that's not cheating; the orchestrations are value added, without nullifying the piano originals.

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