The first release in a new Mahler cycle:
MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 4
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022 (PTC 5186972)
The Czech Philharmonic has today announced an important new partnership with PENTATONE who will become joint producers and worldwide distributors for Czech Philharmonic recordings. The agreement will include future releases recorded by the Czech Philharmonic in its state-of-the-art producing house Czech Phil Media which is based in the Rudolfinum, the Orchestra’s home in Prague.
Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic, inaugurates the new relationship with the first release in a new Mahler symphonic cycle: Symphony No. 4 in G major. Captured through a series of recording sessions in the Rudolfinum in August 2020, this new recording features Israeli soprano Chen Reiss and has its international digital release on Friday 8 April 2022.
Acknowledged for its definitive interpretations of Czech composers whose works it has championed since its formation 1896, the Czech Philharmonic is also recognised for the special relationship it has to the music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mahler. Born in Bohemia, now part of modern-day Czech Republic, Mahler himself gave the world première of the Seventh Symphony with the Czech Philharmonic in 1908. This new cycle under Semyon Bychkov’s leadership marks the Orchestra’s first re-evaluation of Mahler’s symphonies since it recorded the works under Václav Neumann more than 40 years ago. Importantly, it is the first full Mahler cycle to be released by PENTATONE.
On the new partnership with PENTATONE, Robert Hanč, General Manager of the Czech Philharmonic, said: “All of us here at the Czech Philharmonic have long admired PENTATONE’s steadfast dedication to making quality recordings and their constant effort to reach and inspire an ever-wider audience of music lovers. We through our in-house producing house Czech Phil Media have a number of long-term plans including recording all of the symphonic works of Mahler, who was born in Bohemia; a complete Josef Suk symphonic cycle; and a selection of works by Dvořák. In PENTATONE, we see the perfect partner for all these projects and more, sharing both their ambition for excellence and desire to make a difference to peoples’ lives through the power of music.”
On the new collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic, Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE, said: “The Czech Philharmonic counts among the most storied and revered orchestras in the world. While rooted in the music itself – and what glorious music, what wealth of tradition! – this ambitious new partnership is also a reflection of shared values. It is a commitment to the transmission and celebration of a certain heritage, expertly shaped for our time by the Czech Philharmonic’s family of conductors led by Semyon Bychkov and Jakub Hrůša. We are extraordinarily proud and excited to embark on this journey with them.”