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Little Pearls Of Czech Classics - Smetana, Dvorak, Et Al


Release Date: 03/01/2000 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3163   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Julius FucikAntonín DvorákOskar NedbalBedrich Smetana,   ... 
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the 18th century, the Czech Republic has provided the world with an amazing number of great--or at least good--composers. Here are nine of them, both popular and forgotten ones, presented in a series of orchestral "little pearls" and favorite encores. Smetana's operatic overtures and Dvorak's "Polonaise" from Rusalka combine sonorous orchestrations, lively moods, and memorable tunes, while the latter's Humoresque (arranged for strings from the piano original) has plenty of charm to offer within a delicate texture. Although identical to Sibelius' famous piece in title, Oskar Nedbal's meditative Valse triste appears logically to be closer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances in atmosphere. Zdenek Fibich's Poem from the Idyll "At Twilight", Read more Vitezslav Novak's Amorous Couple, and Martinu's Idyll all explore a common, lyrical side to these otherwise very different and original composers. Not surprisingly, the folk element finds in Janacek its most zealous advocate. Finally, Fucik's Florentine March and Suk's Festival March "Towards a New Life" overflow with optimism through powerful brass playing. It goes without saying that the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra swims like a fish in these familiar waters. The analog recording is typical of Supraphon's style in the 1980s: at once bright, detailed, and panoramic.

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Florentiner, Op. 214 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
2.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
3.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: Festival Music "Polonaise" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
4.
Legend of Honza: Valse triste by Oskar Nedbal
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Bohemia 
5.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1866 
6.
The kiss, T 115: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Czech Republic 
7.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
8.
Bouquet: Idyll by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Paris, France 
9.
Lachian Dances: no 6, The Saws by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Brno, Czech Republic 
10.
Moravian-Slovak Suite, Op. 32: Lovers by Vitezslav Novák
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Bohemia 
11.
Towards a new life, Op. 35c by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1920; Prague, Czech Republ 

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