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Smetana: Má vlast

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Má vlast:: Vysehrad
15:00
 
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Má vlast:: Vltava
12:37
 
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Má vlast:: Sárka
10:11
 
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Má vlast:: Z ceských luhu a háju
12:09
 
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Má vlast:: Tábor
11:26
 
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Má vlast:: Blaník
13:48
 
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 75:11

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Gavin Borchert is a composer and music critic living in Seattle.

04.22.11
Six eloquent tone poems celebrating places and events in Czech history.
2005 | Label: LSO Live / The Orchard

Bedrich Smetana, a fervent Czech patriot, drew on the folk myths and musical idioms of his native Bohemia in his operas, chamber music and orchestral works — most impressively in this cycle of six tone-poems (1872-79) celebrating places and events in Czech history. Sir Colin Davis 'way with this music is particularly eloquent in the two movements depicting landscape, Vltava ("The Moldau") and Z ceských luhu a háju ("From Bohemia's Woods and Fields"). Nature here… read more »

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Pretty good but unidiomatic overall

SpinyNorman

It was logical that Colin Davis should record Ma Vlast, given his credentials in Dvorak. However, I would say that this live recording does not rank amongst the very best in a competitive field. It doesn’t quite feel idiomatic compared with, say, the best versions with Czech orchestras, but it is still more than just acceptable and the LSO’s playing is bright and well-honed. The recording is slightly lacking in impact, and the (presumably added) reverberation only partially masks the dryness of the Barbican Hall.

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