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Leoš Janáček

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

Composer

The son of a Moravian schoolmaster, Janáček studied in Leipzig and Brno, where he started his working life as a music-teacher and choral conductor. From his mid-thrities, composition assumed an increasing prominence in his life, alongside musicology, and he played a central role in the revival and documentation of Moravian and Silesian folk music.

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 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Janáček

Late recordings of the Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba, the Sinfonietta and The Fiddler's Child bear witness to the Czech conductor's affinity for his countryman's music.

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