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Smetana: Má vlast [Download] – LSO Live

Smetana: Má vlast [Download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0516-D

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

    Recorded May 2005, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • BBC Radio 3 CD Review’s CD of the Week

    ***** '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 vivid and richly rewarding performance that delights the ear as much as the heart. More luxuriant orchestral sound and refined ensemble playing.'
    Classic FM Magazine

    ’The best performances of this work must convey a sense of occasion, of a big event taking place [and] Davis and the LSO have managed to capture this elusive quality.'

    'Most highly recommended.'
    Audiophile Audition

    '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.'
    The Daily Telegraph


Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

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.

Composer   Smetana
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Má vlast: I. Vysehrad
2. Má vlast: II. Vltava
3. Má vlast: III. Sárka
4. Má vlast: IV. Z ceských luhu a háju
5. Má vlast: V. Tábor
6. Má vlast: VI. Blaník

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