Václav Neumann

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Václav Neumann (September 29, 1920 – September 2, 1995) was a Czech conductor, violinist and viola player.

Neumann was born in Prague, where he studied at the Prague Conservatory with Josef Micka (violin), and Pavel Dědeček and Metod Doležil (conducting). He co-founded the Smetana Quartet, playing 1st violin and then viola, before conducting in Karlovy Vary and Brno. In 1956, he began to conduct at the Komische Oper in Berlin, leaving in 1964 to become conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He stayed there until 1968, when he became principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, a post he held until 1990.

Neumann taught conducting at the Prague Academy for Music, where his students included Oliver von Dohnányi and Vítězslav Podrazil.

Neumann was particularly noted as a champion of Czech music, and made the first studio recording of Leoš Janáček's opera The Excursions of Mr. Brouček in 1962.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1962 Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 / Lyric Suite Edvard Grieg; Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK, Václav Neumann 1
1970 Les Préludes / Ungarische Rhapsodien Nr. 2 und 6 / Ungarische Fantasie Liszt; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann, Siegfried Stöckigt 1
1977 Dvorak Cello Concertos nos 1 & 2 Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann, Miloš Sádlo 1
1982 Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88 Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
1984 Slavonic Dances and Rhapsody Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 2
1985 Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72 (March 1985 recording) Antonín Dvořák; Václav Neumann, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 2
1985 Ma Vlast / Die Verkaufte Braut Bedřich Smetana; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann 1
1986 (From The Complete Cycle) Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Russell Sherman, Václav Neumann, Czech Philharmonic 1
1986 Slovanské Tance Antonín Dvořák; Česká filharmonie, Václav Neumann 1
1988 Harpsichord Concertos Nos. 1, 4 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Zuzana Růžičková, Prague Chamber Soloists, Václav Neumann 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 From the New World / Scherzo Capriccioso) Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
1989 Cello Concerto / Carnival Overture / Polonaise Antonín Dvořák; Julian Lloyd Webber, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
1992 Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” / Te Deum Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Václav Neumann, Beňačková, Souček 5 2
1993 Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" Mahler; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
1994 Cello Concerto in B minor / Rondo / Silent Woods Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann, Angelica May 1
1994 Asrael Josef Suk; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
2002 Slavonic Dances (1972 recording) Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
2006 Symphonic Poems Antonín Dvořák; Zinman, Neumann, SWR Symphony Orchestra 1
2006 Mein Vaterland / Má Vlast Smetana; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann 1
2006 Symphonie nr. 5 Gustav Mahler; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann 1
Les Préludes / Hungarian Rhapsodies nos. 2 & 6 / Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes Franz Liszt; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann, Siegfried Stöckigt 1
Má vlast Smetana; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
My Country Bedřich Smetana; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba Compilation Leoš Janáček; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
1989 Symphonies 7–8–9 ‘New World’ Compilation Dvořák; Václav Neumann, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2003 Symphonies 1–2–3 Compilation Dvořák; Václav Neumann, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2003 Fučík: Entry of the Gladiators: Famous Marches and Waltzes / Dvořák: Slavonic Rhapsody Op. 45 No. 1 Compilation Julius Fučík, Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1
2006 Symphonies, Complete Compilation Gustav Mahler; Česká filharmonie, Václav Neumann 1
2012 Symphonic Works Compilation Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" Live Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann 2
1999 Symphony No. 9, Legendary “Velvet Revolution” Concert Live Beethoven; Česká filharmonie, Václav Neumann 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Old Czech Marches and Dances Václav Neumann & Česká filharmonie 1
1993 Orchestral Works: Symphony no. 3 / String Quartet with Orchestra / Julietta (suite) Bohuslav Martinů; Talich Quartet, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler, Václav Neumann, Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, František Jílek 1

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