Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Sinfonietta
Release date: 4 September 2020
LSO0850 | 0822231185024
2 disc in carton sleeves with clamshell digibox
booklet in English, French & German
SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1
Producer: Andrew Cornall
Engineers: Classic Sound
Recorded June 2019, Barbican Hall, London
★★★★★ 'Janáček's evergreen fable enchants and disturbs... Lucy Crowe's moments of solitary yearning had an eerie glamour and mystery.'
– The Arts Desk (The Cunning Little Vixen)
★★★★ 'A dream cast awakens the opera that changed Simon Rattle’s life' – The Telegraph (The Cunning Little Vixen)
★★★★ 'Rattle and Sellars banish cuteness but drama and beauty shine...A strong cast and outstanding playing by the LSO.'
– The Guardian (The Cunning Little Vixen)
★★★★★ 'Some conductors play safe. Rattle is pathologically incapable of that. The LSO responded with a virtuosity that compelled open-mouthed awe.' – The Times (Sinfonietta)
Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra
Melodious and charming, The Cunning Little Vixen is a work rooted in Czech history and folk music; a sentimental journey through the cycles of life. For Sir Simon Rattle, it’s a deeply personal and emotional work – ‘it’s the piece that made me want to become an opera conductor … and still one of the pieces that reduces me to tears more easily than any other’, says the LSO's Music Director. Recorded with an outstanding cast during semi-staged performances, this recording is the second in an LSO Live series showcasing acclaimed collaborations between Rattle and the celebrated stage director Peter Sellars.
Towering fanfares open Janáček’s Sinfonietta, an ode to the composer’s hometown of Brno in the now Czech Republic. It’s a portrait composed for a national celebration of Slavic culture, with Janáček’s love of musical tradition evident in dancing strings and celebratory brass.
|Conductor||Sir Simon Rattle|
Lucy Crowe (Vixen), Gerald Finley (Forester), Sophia Burgos (Fox, Chocholka), Peter Hoare (Schoolmaster, Cock, Mosquito), Jan Martiník (Badger, Parson), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Haraschta), Paulina Malefane (Forester's Wife, Owl, Woodpecker), Anna Lapkovskaja (Mrs Pasek, Dog), Jonah Halton (Pasek), Irene Hoogveld (Jay)
London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, LSO Discovery Voices
The Cunning Little Vixen, Act 1
The Cunning Little Vixen, Act 2
The Cunning Little Vixen, Act 3