Smetana: Má vlast

  • Catalogue Number LSO0516
    UPC 822231101628

    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

  • CD of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    '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.'

    'Most highly recommended.' Audiophile Audition

    '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

    ***** '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 much as the heart. More luxuriant orchestral sound and refined ensemble playing.' Classic FM Magazine

    '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

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


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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