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Smetana: Complete Orchestral Works / Kuchar, Et Al


Release Date: 04/01/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93634   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bed?ich Smetana was the first major nationalist composer of Bohemia. Probably best known for his opera The bartered bride and of course The Moldau (from ‘My fatherland’) most of his orchestral music is rather neglected by the average symphony orchestra.

Smetana’s predilection for anything Bohemian shines through not just in his music but also particularly in the subjects of his symphonic poems and opera. A keen dancer himself, his music often echoes his native dance tunes as well.

The composer also had a keen interest in the theatre. Hence the subjects of his early symphonic poems which were based on works by Shakespeare, Schiller and Oehlenschläger.
Bed?ich Smetana was the first major nationalist composer of Bohemia. Probably best known for his opera The bartered bride and of course The Moldau (from ‘My fatherland’) most of his orchestral music is rather neglected by the average symphony orchestra.

Smetana’s predilection for anything Bohemian shines through not just in his music but also particularly in the subjects of his symphonic poems and opera. A keen dancer himself, his music often echoes his native dance tunes as well.

The composer also had a keen interest in the theatre. Hence the subjects of his early symphonic poems which were based on works by Shakespeare, Schiller and Oehlenschläger.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wallenstein's Camp, B 111/T 79/Op. 14 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Hakon Jarl, B 118/T 82/Op. 16 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Czech Republic 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Richard III, B 106/T 74/Op. 11 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Czech Republic 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1866 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Polka by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Doktor Faust, B 123/T 91 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Czech Republic 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Peasant Woman, T 123 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Polka in D major, B 125 no 1/T 49 "Our lassies" by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (Circa 1862 - Circa 1863). 
11.
Ceremonial Prelude in C major, B 136/T 102 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Czech Republic 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12.
Festive Overture in D major, B 63/T 46/Op. 4 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1883; Czech Republic 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
13.
Prague Carneval, T 135 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Czech Republic 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
March of the National Guard, B 59/T 45b by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Czech Republic 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
March for Shakespeare Festival, B 129/T 95/Op. 20 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Czech Republic 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
16.
Má vlast: no 1, Vysehrad, T 110 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 
17.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
18.
Má vlast: no 3, Sárka, T 113 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
19.
Má vlast: no 4, From Bohemian fields and groves, T 114 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20.
Má vlast: no 5, Tábor, T 120 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
21.
Má vlast: no 6, Blaník, T 121 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Length: 12 Minutes 56 Secs. 
22.
Triumphal Symphony in E major, B 92/T59/Op. 6 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1854; Czech Republic 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Smetana at its Brilliant Best May 20, 2014 By Robert Heinz (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "I discovered this 3 CD set and quickly purchased it primarily for a modern release of the neglected Festive Symphony and Festive Overture in D. I found not only a great Festive symphony but 3 CD's of first rate recordings of Bedrich Smetana's works. Ma Vlast on CD 1 stands up well with the best recordings of this work. Sound is crystal clear on all tracks. Classics Today gave it a 9/8 scoring and I say it easily meets if not exceeds this review." Report Abuse
 The best Smetana set May 2, 2013 By Wendell Jones (Midland, TX) See All My Reviews "The American Record Guide calls this the best set of Smetana available. I agree completely. Kuchar has the orchestra responding like they are playing for Szell or Kleiber. I can only agree with the reviewer who said he would like to hear Kuchar with a major orchestra. He is a talent." Report Abuse
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