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Smetana: Má vlast

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2006

Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Sir Colin Davis



Venue:

Barbican Centre, London



Producer:

James Mallinson



Engineer:

Jonathan Stokes



Record Label
LSO

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 75:11
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BEDRICH SMETANA

(1824-1884)
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Má vlast

75:15  
1 Vyšehrad 15:00
2 Vltava 12:37
3 Šárka 10:11
4 Z ceskych luhu a háju (From Bohemia's Woods and Fields) 12:09
5 Tábor 11:26
6 Blaník 13:48
   
 Sir Colin Davis
  10-15 May 2005  


Inspired by the mythology and pastoral beauty of his Czech homeland, Smetana’s six tone poems that form Má vlast (My Fatherland) is one of the best examples of Nationalism in music. The stirring second movement depicts the river Vltava as it flows through the countryside and into Prague. Struck with deafness in 1874, Smetana would never hear a performance of what would become his most popular work.

"These remarkable players seem to have endless energy, matching the effort and concentration put in by our greatest living conductor ... the benchmark recording"


musicOMH.com - 3 October 2005

"The LSO Live label goes from strength to strength ... Smetana’s cycle of six tone poems reflecting the mythology and pastoral beauty of his Czech homeland is a given a a vivid and richly rewarding performance that delights the ear as uch as the heart. More luxuriant orchestral sound and refined ensemble playing ..."
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Classic FM Magazine - December 2005

"Colin Davis has an affinity with Czech music that is every bit as strong as his better-known sympathy with Berlioz or Mozart ... a performance that welds the six portraits into a convincing whole. The LSO plays with warmth and grandeur and the recorded balance is one of the most successful in this series"

Daily Telegraph - 15 October 2005

"there can be no mistaking the conviction that he brings to the cycle ... Davis never loses sight of the outcome - the main motifs coalescing into an apotheosis both uninhibited and triumphant"

International Record Review - November 2005

’Most highly recommended’


Audiophile Audition

"Colin Davis and the LSO turn in a vivid, exciting account of Smetana’s perennially fresh, dramatic cycle of tone poems ... the best performances of this work must convey a sense of occasion, of a big event taking place ... Davis and the LSO have managed to capture this elusive quality"

ClassicsToday.com - 16 November 2005

CD of the Week


BBC Radio 3 - CD Review - 21 January 2006



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