Václav Talich

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Talich, Václav


Born May 28, 1883, in Kromĕříž died Mar. 16, 1961, in Beroun. Czech conductor and violinist. People’s Artist of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (1957).

Talich studied violin under O. Ševčík and conducting under A. Nikisch. In 1904 he made his conducting debut in Odessa, where he was concertmaster of the opera theater orchestra. From 1905 to 1907 he was a violin teacher and conductor in Tbilisi. He conducted in Ljubljana beginning in 1908 and later in Plzeñ. Talich conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra during the periods 1919–31, 1934–41, and 1952–54, and he conducted the orchestra of the National Opera in Prague from 1935 to 1945. From 1949 to 1952 he conducted the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, which he founded, in Bratislava.

Talich’s performances were distinguished by profundity and insight, musicality, and a virtuoso conducting technique. Talich toured the USSR in the 1930’s.


Pospišil, V. Václav Talich. Prague, 1961.
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Most detailed of all is his discussion of the symphonic triptych Passing Midnight, composed in the early 1920s, of which the second movement, entitled "The Blue Hour," was performed in 1923 by the Czech Philharmonic under Vaclav Talich.
Also released by Naxos, is the 6th Symphony of Dvorak, a distinguished performance by the Czech Philharmonic under the great Vaclav Talich.
The oldest discs she made include the radio recording of Anezka's grand scene in Act 2 of The Two Widows, made in 1953 under Vaclav Talich, who at the time was working at the radio as artistic adviser to music ensembles, and Supraphon's recording of scenes from Beethoven's Fidelio.
Finally, from Naxos, comes a rebirth of the 1935 recording of the Dvorak Slavonic Dances under the Vaclav Talich, recorded in London by EMI.
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Accordingly, in 1950 Dvorak's opera Rusalka, conducted by Jaroslav Krombholc, was recorded for the first time (Josef Keilbert's recording four years previously was originally a radio recording and was only commercially propagated after Krombholc's recording), in the same year Vaclav Talich recorded Stabat Mater, the first Dvorak oratorio recorded in a studio, while the accession of stereophony in the second half of the 1950s accelerated the origination of Karel Aneerl's coproduction recording of the Requiem For Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft and Supraphon in 1959.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Radiojournal Orchestra, Vaclav Talich - conductor.
This year Supraphon finally released the unique recording of the live performance of My Country at the National Theatre on 5 June 1939, conducted by Vaclav Talich.
His private study meetings with Vaclav Talich after the Second World War are well-known.
The second of the pair of albums that our oldest recording firm Supraphon published promptly at the end of last year to honour the memory of Sir Charles Mackerras is devoted to two composers whose work this leading international composer and former private pupil of Vaclav Talich promoted throughout his life -Janacek and Martinu.
Hearing the name of the composer and title of the work, some of the oIder among us will immediately make the connection with Vaclav Talich.