A Festival of Fučík
David Hubbard (bassoon)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra deliver this excellently recorded anthology with great enthusiasm, throwing themselves into these brightly coloured scores without a hint of condescension... — BBC Music
Thirty years after having recorded Dvořák’s complete Symphonies on Chandos, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its laureate conductor Neeme Järvi tackle another romantic Czech composer: Julius Fučík, famous for his more than 400 polkas, marches, and waltzes, some of the best of which are featured here.
Fučík studied violin in his early years, switching later to the bassoon, with a subsidiary in percussion and timpani. Playing in Austrian regiments, he gained invaluable experience of writing for military band and became a very prolific composer of marches. The most famous of these is of course Entry of the Gladiators, completed in 1899 and performed throughout the world ever since.
Full of energetic, effervescent Bohemian crossrhythms, tuneful brass melodies (often now associated with a circus atmosphere), but also more lyrical expressions, this album is a festival in itself.
Fucik, Julius (1872-1916)
Fucik: Ballettratten, Op. 226
Fucik: Der alte Brummbar, Op. 210
Fucik: Die lustigen Dorfschmiede, Op. 218
Fucik: Die Regimentskinder
Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators
Fucik: Florentiner Marsch
Fucik: Florentiner, Op. 214
Fucik: Hercegovac, Op. 235
Fucik: Mississippi River
Fucik: The Mississippi River, Op. 160 (161)
Fucik: Uncle Teddy, Op. 239
Fucik: Under the Admirals Flag, Op. 82