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Fibich: Symphony No. 2; At Twilight; Clarinet Idyll / Venys, Stilec, Czech National Symphony

Fibich / Venys / Czech National Sym Orch / Stilec
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573157   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zdenék Fibich
Performer:  Irvin Venys
Conductor:  Marek Stilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zdenek Fibich was one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the nineteenth century, after his Czech predecessor, Smetana, and near-contemporary, Dvorák. His Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School (and particularly Dvorák) as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Most of the main themes derive from some of his own piano pieces but they are integrated and developed in masterly fashion. At Twilight is a lusciously scored orchestral piece, whilst the Idyll is gently melancholic. Zdenek Fibich was one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the nineteenth century, after his Czech predecessor, Smetana, and near-contemporary, Dvorák. His Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School (and particularly Dvorák) as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Most of the main themes derive from some of his own piano pieces but they are integrated and developed in masterly fashion. At Twilight is a lusciously scored orchestral piece, whilst the Idyll is gently melancholic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 38 by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Stilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Bohemia 
2. Idyll, Op. 16 by Zdenék Fibich
Performer:  Irvin Venys (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Marek Stilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
3. At Twilight, Op. 39 "Summer Evening" by Zdenék Fibich
Conductor:  Marek Stilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38: III. Scherzo: Presto
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38: IV. Finale: Allegro energico
At Twilight, Op. 39
Selanka (Idyll), Op. 16

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