The Dvořák Society is making available on CD certain historic recorded performances, conducted by Vilém Tauský, to be known as the Vilém Tauský Archive Collection. This venture will be used to raise money for the Society’s Scholarship Fund.
First Tauský Archive releases
The first release comprises two complete operas, sung in English:
Leoš Janáček - “Jenůfa”
Catalogue no: VT 01/02 – 2CDs
Jenůfa – Gré Brouwenstijn
Kostelnička – Laelia Finneberg
Števa – Andrew McPherson
Laca –Franz Vroons
Grandmother – Edith Coates
Mill foreman – Arnold Matters
With: Olivia Rossi, George James, Elsie Boardman, Pamela Petts, Mildrid Watson, Beryl Hatt and Irene Brightman; The BBC Chorus, chorus-master Leslie Woodgate; The Goldsbrough Orchestra, leader Emanuel Hurwitz;
Conductor: Vilém Tauský
Recorded: Camden Theatre, London, 25 November 1954
£9.00 + postage & packing
Catalogue no: VT 03/05 – 3CDs
Vladislav – Dennis Noble
Dalibor – Richard Lewis
Budivoj – Ian Blair
Beneš – Stanley Clarkson
Vitek – Alexander Young
Milada – Joan Hammond
Jitka – Suzanne Danco
With: The BBC Chorus, chorus-master Leslie Woodgate; The Philharmonia Orchestra, leader Max Salpeter
Conductor: Vilém Tauský
Recorded: May 1955 (note: this is not the Tauský recording of Dalibor on the Gala label which has a completely different cast and dates from 1969)
Price: £12.00 + postage & packing
To buy these CDs, please contact our Record Service Administrator. The address is:
32 Blundell Drive,
Telephone: 01704 564 025 (outside the UK: +44 1704 564 025)
Origin of the Archive recordings
The CDs now being offered by the Dvořák Society are from transcription recordings taken off-air of Vilém Tausk’s work with the BBC. These were originally in Tauský’s possession, but were disposed of after his death when his apartment in London was cleared. Our vigilant member Peter Herbert spotted these recordings being offered for sale on eBay and secured them for the Society. He then arranged for audio-engineer Jim Bostwick to recover all the music from what were mainly fragile acetates and turn it into digital files. The Society paid for the original discs and for the costs of transcription: and now Peter has created the first two issues in CD format, complete with booklet notes.
The BBC has confirmed that these recordings fall into the Public Domain under UK copyright law, since they are more than 50 years old. Thus all the Dvořák Society’s net profits from the sale of the discs will accrue to our Scholarship Fund.
Possible future releases
It is hoped that further recordings of smaller works will be issued in due course, to include Tauský arrangements of works by Vaňhal, Tauský’s own Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra on themes by Smetana together with some folk song arrangements.
In 2021, when it enters the Public Domain, it may be possible to publish a 1971 recording of Janáček’s Osud, conducted by Tauský, taken from an open reel tape donated by Society member Ted Pettinger. This is of the ‘Flashback’ edition by Václav Nosek (1921–2000) in which Acts 1 and 2 are inserted into the middle of Act 3. Gregory Dempsey sings Živný amd Marie Collier sings Míla, possibly her last recording before her tragic death.