Smetana - Ma vlast | Decca 4833187

Smetana - Ma vlast

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4833187

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th January 2018

Contents

Artists

Czech Philharmonic

Conductor

Jiri Belohlavek

Works

Smetana, Bedrich

Ma vlast (My Country)

Artists

Czech Philharmonic

Conductor

Jiri Belohlavek

About

In memoriam Jiří Bělohlávek

The great Czech conductor and his beloved orchestra perform a definitive Má vlast.

In one of his last recordings with the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts a heartfelt account of Smetana's great set of symphonic poems: Má vlast (My Homeland).

This recording is the first album release by the Czech Philharmonic and their much-loved chief conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, following his passing in May 2017.

Smetana's Czech masterpiece has played a central role during the most important moments of the Czech Philharmonic's history.

This is an authoritative recording of Má vlast performed by musicians with an innate understanding of the music of their homeland.

Reviews

This present performance, one of the last recordings made by Jiří Bělohlávek, rises high above the ordinary and reinforces his claim to being one of the finest post-war Czech conductors. Among his great abilities was close attention to the detail of the score without compromising spontaneity. ... Throughout there are so many things to admire, but perhaps above all is the orchestral detail which leaps from the score as if newly minted.  Jan Smaczny (Orchestral Choice)
BBC Music Magazine April 2018

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