Recordings

The mission of the Czech Philharmonic is not only intensive concert activity at home and abroad, but also the recording of current interpretations of classics and modern works for the present and future generationsFor this reason, it realizes several recording projects each year for Czech and foreign recording labels.

The Tchaikovsky Project boxset

The Czech Philharmonic's first major undertaking with now Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov – The Tchaikovsky Project – echieved its illustrious culmination in 2019. 

Over the past seasons, since the project’s inception in 2015, the orchestra and conductor have been delving into exhaustive exploration of Tchaikovsky’s music. The first two recordings in the project, released on Decca in 2016 and 2017, have received wide critical acclaim and the year 2019 sees a series of Tchaikovsky residences in Tokyo, Vienna and Paris as well as at home in Prague. In August this year, Decca Classics will release the complete boxset for The Tchaikovsky Project: all of the composer’s symphonies, the three piano concertos with soloist Kirill Gerstein, Romeo & Juliet, Serenade for Strings and Francesca da Rimini. 

  • Release date: 30 August 2019
  • Format: 7 CDs & digital audio – mp3, flac (96K/24-bit sound)

Web of the project

Suk: Asrael & A Fairy Tale

"If anything, Bělohlávek sounds even more fired-up [than on his previous recordings of these works]…His natural warmth and charm characteristically enchants the central scherzo’s prismatic textural..." — 

  • Release Date: 26th Apr 2019
  • Label: Decca
  • Length: 87 minutes
B. Martinů: What Men Live By

One of the most important events in classical music this autumn will be the release of a recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s pastoral opera What Men Live By, wonderfully performed by Jiří Bělohlávek with the Czech Philharmonic and a whole host of important soloists. The world premiere recording will be released by Supraphon both on CD and in digital formats on 19th October 2018.

Bohuslav Martinů based the libretto for his pastoral opera on an English translation of Leo Tolstoy’s story Where Love Is, There God Is Also (1885). Instead of the original title referring to the Gregorian hymn Ubi caritas, Martinů chose the more universal title of a different Tolstoy story, What Men Live By. The opera was first heard in 1954 at the summer music course in Interlochen (Michigan). In 1955 the BBC considered producing the opera for television, but the idea did not come to fruition. This autumn at the Golden Prague International Television Festival, audiences finally got to see the premiere of a television version directed by Jiří Nekvasil.

Jiří Bělohlávek’s re­cording with the Czech Philharmonic is the first professional recording of this moving one-act opera by Bohuslav Martinů, and it may help the work regain the notice of opera companies. What Men Live By will be released together with Martinů’s Symphony No. 1, recorded in January 2016.

  • Record label: Supraphon
  • Release date: 19 October 2018
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
L. Janáček: Glagolitic Mass

Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic present Leoš Janáček’s most notable works.

This release continues the series of Jiří Bělohlávek’s last recordings of Czech masterworks for Decca Classics before he sadly passed away last year.

August 2018 marks 90 years since Janáček’s death in 1928. This album commemorates the great Czech composer with these informed recordings by the Czech conductor and orchestra.

This album features ‘The Fiddler’s Child’ – a new addition to the Decca catalogue.

Czech Philharmonic - Jiří Bělohlávek
Prague Philharmonic Choir - Lukáš Vasilek

Hibla Gerzmava / soprano
Veronika Hajnová / mezzo-soprano
Stuart Neill / tenor
Jan Martiník / bass
Aleš Bárta / organ

Recorded at the Rudolfinum in March 2013.

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 31 October 2018
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
B. Smetana: Má vlast
B. Smetana: Má vlast

The iconic piece of Czech music, Bedřich Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems 'Má vlast', was recorded live by Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic at concerts of the Prague Spring Festival. It is released as a part of the Bělohlávek: the last recordings series.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Recorded at the Municipal House in May 2014.

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 5 January 2018
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
The Epic of Gilgamesh
B. Martinů: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Premiere recording of the original English version of Bohuslav Martinů's oratorio for soloists, narrator, mixed chorus and orchestra.

Czech Philharmonic – Manfred Honeck
Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Derek Welton, Jan Martiník, Simon Callow / soloists
Prague Philharmonic Choir, Lukáš Vasilek / choirmaster
Recorded at the Rudolfinum in January 2017.

  • Record label: Supraphon
  • Release date: 20 October 2017
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
Manfred Symphony
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

The Tchaikovsky Project continues with the programmatic Manfred Symphony, an unfairly neglected piece that the composer wrote after Lord Byron's dramatic poem between his 4th and 5th symphony.

Czech Philharmonic – Semyon Bychkov
Recorded at the Rudolfinum in April 2017.

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 25 August 2016
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
A. Dvořák: Stabat Mater
A. Dvořák: Stabat Mater

Antonín Dvořák's religious cantata Stabat Mater was recorded live at the concerts in March 2016, conducted by the Chief Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Eri Nakamura, Elisabeth Kulman, Michael Spyres, Jongmin Park / soloists
Pražský filharmonický sbor, Lukáš Vasilek / choirmaster
Recorded at the Rudolfinum in 2016.

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 5 May 2017
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo and Juliet
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo and Juliet

First part of the extensive Tchaikovsky recording project, in which the orchestra under the baton of Maestro Semyon Bychkov focused on the Romeo and Juliet overture, as well as Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique", one of the most powerful symphonic pieces ever written.

Czech Philharmonic – Semyon Bychkov
Recorded at the Rudolfinum in 2015-16.

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 14 October 2016
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
Dvořák: Slavonic Dances
A. Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

Antonín Dvořák's orchestral cycle of sixteen songs inspired by the most popular folk Slavic dances recorded live at the concerts in Rudolfinum.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Recorded at the Rudolfinum in 2014-15

  • Record label: Decca Classics
  • Release date: 7 October 2016
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
DVD komplet všech symfonií Antonína Dvořáka včetně doprovodného slova Jiřího Bělohlávka a Marka Ebena
A. Dvořák: Symphonies

A box of five DVDs contains live recordings of performances of all nine symphonies by Antonín DvořákThe complete set includes introductory remarks by Jiří Bělohlávek and Marek Eben between the individual movements of each symphony and also the documentary Nine Sketches of Antonín Dvořák by the director Barbara Willis Sweete.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Recorded 2012-14 at the Rudolfinum

  • Release date: 2016
  • Format: DVD
Bedřich Smetana: Má vlast
B. Smetana: Má vlast (My Country)

Live recording of the opening concert of the 69th annual Prague Spring festivalwhich took place on 12 May 2014. A pivotal work of Czech musical Romanticism in a modern interpretation by the Czech Philharmonic, which is continuing its tradition of many years of recordings of this composition  My Country was the first work of which the Czech Philharmonic made a gramophone recording.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Tomáš Šimerda / director

  • Release date: 2015
  • Format: DVD
Dvořák, Suk, Janáček: Houslové koncerty, Josef Špaček a Česká filharmonie
A. Dvořák, J. Suk, L. Janáček: Violin Concertos

An album presents contemporary interpretations of three masterpieces. Suk’s Fantasia in G Minor op. 24, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A Minor op. 53 and Leoš Janáček’s violin concerto titled “The Wandering of a Little Soul.

Josef Špaček / violin
Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek

  • Release date: 2015
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac
Dvořákovský komplet České filharmonie (2014)
DVOŘÁK Complete Symphonies & Concertos

This extensive project was realized from 2010 to 2014. There are live concert recordings of all ofDvořák’s symphonies and his Violin Concerto, and there are studio recordings of his piano and cello concertos.

Czech Philharmonic – Jiří Bělohlávek
Garrick Ohlsson / piano
Alisa Weilerstein / cello
Frank Peter Zimmermann / violin

  • Release date: 2014
  • Format: CD & digital audio – mp3, flac