Leos Janáček is one of the important Czech composers. Inspired by nature and the folk music of his country he created music both original and inventive. The Taras Bulba rhapsody was composed during the Great War, when Janácek wanted to show, in his music, that the Russian people could not be suppressed or crushed. It’s a cruel and violent story of the Cossack leader Taras Bulba who kills his own son, sees the other executed by the Poles, and is finally himself burnt at the stake – all magnificently portrayed in music by Janácek.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017-2018 season. He is also Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra in London. With an already very established career Rouvali regularly works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Janácek Taras Bulba
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
Recorded for GSOplay 4 May 2017