Leoš Janácek was born in Moravia, the son of a schoolteacher. He sang as a boy in the choir in Brno and came as a young man to Prague to study music. At the same time he taught and conducted various amateur choirs. He also studied in Leipzig and Vienna. In 1881 he returned to Brno, where he founded an organ school, which later became a conservatory. He was a school director in the period 1903-20.
In Prague, Janácek friend of Antonín Dvorák and inspired by him he composed in a fairly traditional romantic style. But in Brno changed his musical style, and he began to incorporate elements of Czech and Slovak folk music in his works. Elements such as rhythm and tone of language, among other things found in the very special melody voices in his opera Jenufa from, 1904. The opera was some delay great success in their home country when he was age of sixty. The recognition procured him a professorship at the Conservatory in Prague.
It is the music he wrote from the mid-1910s, are the most famous, but the style of these late works glimpsed many years earlier. Janácek belonging to the wave of veristiske composers from the 20th century, which sought to achieve a higher level of realism and connection to everyday life.
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Gundula Janowitz is a German soprano born in 1937 who was much sought after by the leading conductors in the 1970s and 1980s. She has recorded records for the larger brands, such as EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, etc.
Eugen Jochum, German conductor (1902-1987) Was one of classical music's greatest talents. His interpretations of Bruckner, Haydn and Wagner are still living as some of the best that are available on CD or LP.
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Here you get an overview of all the music traditionally plays up to Christmas. Handel Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, English Christmas Carols, and everything in between.
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Contemporary = new Hungarian music of Zoltan Jeney & Lasslo Sary. Hungarian Radio and Television Orchestra, which is conducted by Peter Eötvös 1 LP. Hungaroton. SLPX 11589
Danish Chamber music by Herman D. Koppel, & Jorgen Jersild, & Palle Mikkelborg, & Vagn Holmboe. Duo Concertante = Kim Sjögren and Lars Hannibal. 1 LP. EMI 749679-1 * A Brand new copy
Danish Chamber Music by: Erik Jørgensen: Cello Sonata. & Ib Nørholm: Quartet no. 4 strings. & Flemming Weis: Sonata for clarinet and piano. & Ebbe Hamerik: Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Many Danish artists. 1 LP. EMI. PASK 2006
Florence Foster Jenkins: The Glory of the human voice 'Absolutely worst arias'. in some historical recordings. (Very rare and fun!) 1 LP. RCA. 89678-1 Press read more * A brand new copy
Gunnar Berg: Frise for piano and chamber orchestra. & Erik Jørgensen: Confrontations for orchestra. Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Tamas Vetö and Yuri Ahronovitch. 1 LP. Point. PLP 5078
Jubilate. Choral music from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Jubilate Choir from Sweden, which is conducted by Astrid Riska, in some recordings from 1980. TE +. (A very popular reference LP.) 1 LP. Proprius. 7851
Scott Joplin: Treemonisha. Willard White. Original Cast Recording. (1978) 2 LP. DG. 2707083