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The Moldau - Smetana, Et Al / Libor Pesek, Royal Liverpool


Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 59285   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bedrich SmetanaAntonín DvorákJulius FucikOskar Nedbal
Performer:  Malcolm StewartTimothy Walden
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much to enjoy. I'll get the minor disappointments out of the way first. The Bartered Bride Overture should ideally fizz more than it does here, and Dvorak's Hussite is afflicted by a certain rowdiness in tuttis which precludes total satisfaction—in this latter item, Pesek's conception has nothing like the dignity or perception of Ancerl's incomparable 1962 recording. Otherwise, one can have almost no complaints. The Bartered Bride dances comprise a particularly infectious triptych. True, next to the swaggering (and, it must be said, supremely affectionate) virtuosity of Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra (Szell's cheeky rubato in the ''Polka'' is an absolute delight), Pesek's RLPO are apt to sound just a little straitlaced and lightweight, Read more yet the Liverpool strings launch the concluding ''Dance of the Comedians'' in nicely dapper, athletic fashion and the sheer joy in this music-making is everywhere apparent. RLPO leader Malcolm Stewart really shines in the lovely Dvorak Romance: his sensitive, unaffected playing has just the right home-spun simplicity and Pesek's flowing, songful accompaniment could hardly be more idiomatic. Silent woods, too, is sympathetically essayed, with cellist Timothy Walden an eloquent, intimate story-teller.

The present ''Vltava'' is taken from Pesek's admirable Ma vlast: pungently characterful, imaginative and strikingly committed, it remains among the freshest accounts of Smetana's heart-warming evocation currently available. No less appealing is Oskar Nedbal's wistful Valse triste, which sees Pesek coaxing some slinkily seductive sounds from his Liverpool band. The name of Julius Fucik will, of course, always be associated with his march, Einzug der Gladiatoren (''Entry of the Gladiators''). It is rousingly delivered here, along with two other welcome specimens from this prolific light-music composer: Der alte Brummbar (''The Old Grumbler'') is an amusing polka featuring a prominent role for solo bassoon (Fucik's own instrument), whilst Die lustigen Dorfschmiede (''The Merry Blacksmiths'') offers plenty of opportunities for antiphonal anvils, splendidly caught by the immensely full-blooded recording.'

Andrew Achenbach, GRAMOPHONE (11/1994)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1866 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Malcolm Stewart (Violin)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1877; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Timothy Walden (Cello)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Antonin Dvorák
Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
6.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Die lustige Dorfschmiede, Op. 218 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Hussite Overture, Op. 67/B 132 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 13 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
Legend of Honza: Valse triste by Oskar Nedbal
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Der alte Brummbar, Op. 210 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op. 68 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
12.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Peasants' Dance by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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