Friday, December 19, 2014

Vladimír Štědroň - Illusions, Symphonic Poem (Unknown Orchestra)

Here's a piece by an obscure Czech composer Vladimír Štědroň, who (if correct) lived from 1900-1982. Additionally it is not clear if this work is actually entitled "Illusions", as the wikipedia page (only a Czech wiki page, but it is easily translated) has in his list of works a symphonic poem instead called "Delusions"; rather similar in name to "Ilusions", but perhaps he wrote two such works and one is not documented on the page, but I dunnoooo. There is also apparently an LP from the 1970's called 'April Orchestra' Vol 26, which contains another symphonic poem by Štědroň, this one called "Fantomes". The albums also includes works by a composer named Emil Hlobil, who I don't think I know, but then again who knows I might have some compilation somewhere.. 

Here's the (relatively useless, besides a list of works) wikipedia page for Vladimír Štědroň:

http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladim%C3%ADr_%C5%A0t%C4%9Bdro%C5%88


I couldn't even find a photo of him to post, only a 'Milos Štědroň' comes up in a search, whom I think is a relative to the composer. Additionally I have no idea who are the artists or Orchestra involved. The sound is descent however, perhaps this recording is not as old as the LP I mentioned. Stylistically I find the music of his compatriots Novak and Suk coming to mind especially. Although I will say there are also a couple brief moments that, to my ears, would not be entirely out of place in a Prokofiev or Stravinsky ballet score. So, give a listen and see what you think..


Vladimir Štědroň-Illusions.mp3

http://www42.zippyshare.com/v/15888136/file.html

13 comments:

sneffels said...

I had never heard of Stedron before - interesting music! Thank you!

I found this identical recording, giving the orchestra and conductor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vb7myumSsQ

"Composed in 1936.Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Otakar Trhlik.This Czech composer was a pupil of Suk and Novak."

Anonymous said...

Gracias que avis raris opus,gracias Tzadik,inédito composer,te recuerdo,cuando tu puedas subir algun Piano concerto de G.LLOYD,muchas gracias!! Tapirman

Tzadik said...

Hi there sneffels, you are welcome! Nice that you got the info via youtube, indeed it can be a helpful resource in general. Well...no wonder I hear the influence of Novak and Suk eh?..I'm happy my ears are still on straight :)

Tzadik said...

Hola Dr T. No worries, I will locate my Lloyd discs for you when possible friend, it's just seems definite, unfortunately, that I have all of them in storage at the moment :( The only Lloyd disc "in front of me" is that Orchestral-Choral work which is sublime, but you already have it.. Saludos !

Jim said...

I'm curious do you have rips of the other works on this LP? Hopefully they are in the same vein as this piece.

micpro said...

Thank you for this beautiful work.
Is it possible to have the label name and catalogue number of this record. I presume that this is an vinyl record, am I right?
Thank you for a very interesting site
Michel

Anonymous said...

Wonderful thanks!!

Tzadik said...

Hi Jim, sorry to say I do not. I don't even know what else was on the lp, or if there was a full length lp. I only know that theres the other piece entitled Fantomes that is on an lp, "april orchestra vol 26", and the flip side has music by another obscure composer, do not recall who off-hand..but that lp I'm very interested to find! TZ

Tzadik said...

Hello Michel, off-hand I only have the info that sneffels provided, from youtube: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Otakar Trhlik. I will look into the cat # and label...I am very curious too and I may have the info somewhere..

Tzadik said...

Your'e welcome anon human!

RonanM said...

A Youtube posting credits the recording to Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Otakar Trhlik. They sound the same to me.

RonanM said...

An incidentally, it comes very near quoting Suk's Asrael in places! Well, he was a pupil…

RonanM said...

Aha - this it the recording, I think
http://www.discogs.com/Vladimir-%C5%A0t%C4%9Bdro%C5%88-Emil-Hlobil-April-Orchestra-Vol-26-Pr%C3%A9sente-Florilege-De-La-Musique-Contemporai/release/4454748