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CHAN 10413

Smetana: Richard III/ Wallenstein's Cam/Hakon Jarl/Prague Carnival

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Gianandrea Noseda



Venue:

Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Michael Smith

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 75:25
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BEDRICH SMETANA

(1824-1884)
   
1 

Wallenstein's Camp (Valdstýnuv tábor)

15:02
  Symphonic poem after F. von Schiller  
2 

Richard III

13:27
  Symphonic poem after William Shakespeare  
3 

Hakon Jarl

16:32
  Symphonic poem after A. Oehlenschläger  
4 

The Fisherman (Rybár)

4:38
  Music to tableau vivant after Goethe  
5 

The Peasant Woman (Venkovanka)

4:07
   
6 

Prague Carnival (Prazský karneval)

6:20
   
7 

Fanfares for Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

1:04
  (Fanfáry k Shakespearovu dramatu Richard III)  
8 

Grand Overture in D major (Velká predehra)

8:26
  in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
9 

March for the Shakespeare Festival

5:49
  (Pochod k slavnosti Shakespearove)  
Unbelievably this delightful music must be described as ‘rarely heard repertoire’

?This is a unique coupling.

These works have regularly appeared in the tour schedule for Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic.

This recording features symphonic poems that preceded the composition of Smetana’s now iconic symphonic cycle Má vlast. Although Má vlast has always overshadowed his other orchestral music, Smetana developed a symphonic style which made a fundamental contribution to the identity of Czech national music.
BR>The three symphonic poems from Smetana’s ‘Swedish period’, Richard III, Wallenstein’s Camp and Hakon Jarl, are now regularly performed in concert halls; however, the remainder of the disc presents lesser-known repertoire, mainly composed along Lisztian lines.

The genre of the symphonic poem was very important to Smetana and it was not long after his ‘Swedish period’ that nationalism gradually came to prominence in his music, especially once he had returned to his native land. The other works on the disc demonstrate this nationalistic turn, and include Prague Carnival, one of his most fascinating works. Due to its ‘cacophony’ it was not popular on its initial performances; yet it is in fact one of Smetana’s most imaginative, if challenging scores.

Masterfully performed by Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, these works provide an important introduction to Smetana‘s orchestral output and confirm Smetana’s status as one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century.

"This is simply the finest compilation of Smetana’s colourful symphonic poems ever put on disc.... the Chandos disc triumphs by its demonstration-quality, state-of-the-art recording. Not to be missed."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


Critic’s Choice Ivan March
Gramophone

This is a superb disc. There have been distinguished collections of Smetana’s symphonic poems (notably a vintage Kubelik disc) but none quite to compare with this in excitement, richness of detail and, in the case of ‘Wallenstein’s Camp’, sonic spectacle – how well Smetana writes for the brass!… Gianandrea Noseda draws wonderfully characterful and spontaneous playing from the BBC Philharmonic, and the Chandos engineers surpass themselves with the realistic vividness of the sound and the naturalness of the balance. Not to be missed.
Gramophone

Editor’s Choice and Critic’s Choice
Gramophone

Noseda and his BBC forces infuse these with tremendous panache and colour… Noseda’s single disc is the better buy
BBC Music Magazine

Reviews of recent releases:
Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic orchestra in scintillating, compellingly atmospheric, deeply considered and richly coloured performances.
The Sunday Times

Given the music’s sense of Liszt with a Bohemian accent, it proves an apt follow-up to the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda’s fine series of the Hungarian’s tone poems
The Telegraph

With excellent recorded sound and Noseda right into the idiom, this is a promising start to the series from Chandos.
Livepool Daily Post

This is highly recommendable to anyone who wishes to investigate the orchestral music of Smetana beyond Ma Vlast and the Overture and Dances from the Bartered Bride.
Fanfare

This is highly recommendable to anyone who wishes to investigate the orchestral music of Smetana beyond Ma Vlast and the Overture and Dances from the Bartered Bride.
Fanfare

The orchestra has developed beautifully under Noseda… A superlative performance.
The Independent on Sunday

Excellent Noseda conducts a vibrant programme of theatre music and symphonic poems inspired by literature. There’s more to Smetana than Ma Vlast.
Classic FM




*****
W Pitts