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CHAN 10518

Smetana: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Gianandrea Noseda



Venue:

Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Sharon Hughes

(Assistant)

Owain Williams

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 71:15
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BEDRICH SMETANA

(1824-1884)
   
 

from 'The Bartered Bride'

20:21  
  (Prodaná nevesta)  
1 Overture 6:26
2 Polka (Act I Finale) 5:20
3 Furiant 2:18
4 Skocna (Dance of the Comedians) 6:05
   
5 

Overture to 'The Secret'

6:31
  (Tajemstvi)  
6 

Prelude to 'Libuse'

9:38
   
 

from 'The Devil's Wall'

6:54  
  (Certova stena)  
7 Prelude 4:06
8 Infernal Dance 2:43
   
 

from 'The Brandenurgers in Bohemia'

3:08  
  (Branibori v Cechách)  
9 Prelude 0:48
10 Act I Ballet 2:19
   
11 

Overture to 'The Kiss'

5:50
  (Hubicka)  
12 

Entr'acte from 'Dalibor'

6:05
   
 

from 'The Two Widows'

13:14  
  (Dve vdovy)  
13 Overture 7:01
14 Prelude to Act II 2:23
15 Polka from Act II 3:42


Volume one of this series was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and here Gianandrea Noseda conducts his second instalment in his Smetana Orchestral Works series.

This latest programme is made up of the familiar Bartered Bride Overture and Dances with the overtures and ballets of his lesser-known operas, including his first opera The Brandenburgers - performed with the Ballet from Act I, The Kiss – which was his first collaboration with the brilliant young librettist and poet, Eliska Krasnohorska, and The Devil’s Wall all of which offer Smetana’s masterful orchestration, panache and virtuosity.

They are performed with assurance by the BBC Philharmonic.

Even the most familiar pages of the Bartered Bride come up as fresh as paint, the BBC Philharmonic’s immaculate virtuosity as musicianly and refined as it is sparkling. However rapid and propulsive the tempo, noting is pushed or over-driven. The Polka’s grandiose opening leads to music of a courtly charm, enough to set even the least susceptible heads nodding and feet tapping. The Furiant’s catchy cross-rhythms lead to suavely romantic melody and in the Overture to The Secret there is a typical Smetana progression from sobriety to lightness and exultance… Everything is permeated with a sense of Czech pride and ideals, a mood memorably captured by Noseda. Chandos’ sound is exceptional and there are outstanding accompanying notes by Jan Smaczny.
Gramophone Editor's Choice

That such a résumé is ideal for CD makes it the more surprising there are no comparable collections currently available, with several of these items being obtainable only within integral recordings. Nosda’s disc thus fills a notable gap, with the excellence of the BBC Philharmonic’s response marched by that of the recorded sound and Jan Smaczny’s booklet note. A fine instalment in another worthwhile Chandos series.
International Record Review




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T Vanhuystee

*****
The hirez 24/96 is certainly a sonic improvement on the CD level and has improved string tone and less compression and graineyness.Similair to an SACD I just wonder why the downloads are SO expensive being a lot dearer than the sacd version?.
D Raffells