The Czech record label Supraphon will release a collection of all fifteen of Jára Cimrman plays on vinyl records to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cimrman Theatre. The fictional character of Jára Cimrman, known as the greatest Czech inventor, artist, explorer and musician of all time, is extremely popular with Czech audiences. The set of 15 LPs will come out on October 7 in a limited edition of 500 pieces. The theatre in Prague’s Žižkov district recently staged two English language versions of the legendary plays.
The oldest Czech record label Supraphon has a new owner. The music publishing company, part of the Bonton entertainment group, was sold last week to Czech industry tycoon Miloš Petana. The new owner also acquired the publisher’s extensive archives containing more than 100,000 recordings made throughout the 20th century.
Jana Gonda was a teenager at the time of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Like tens of thousands of Czechs she emigrated with her parents in the months that followed. Today she is back in Prague, as director of the Supraphon record label, after a successful career in Canada. For many émigrés the first impression of life abroad is a disappointment or a moment filled with apprehension, but for Jana Gonda life in exile began very differently. Her first weekend in Canada was like a dream come true. As she now recalls, she was thrown straight
Recently the Supraphon record company organised a small celebration to mark the 15th anniversary of the first CD released in Czechoslovakia, in May 1987, the first ever in the whole of Eastern Europe. The first digital recording made in Czechoslovakia featured Bedrich Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems "My Country" played by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Vaclav Smetacek. More then 50,000 copies were quickly sold, and a new era for Supraphon began: in the course of the next five years, classic vinyl releases gradually diminished from