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Smetana: Swedish Symphonic Poems / Svarovsky, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 01/11/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573597  
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leos Svarovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The symphonic poems Smetana wrote during his stay in Sweden were composed during a pivotal time in his life. Financial prospects at first seemed better in Gothenberg than in his native country, while the dual influences of Berlioz and Liszt were informing the direction of his music. Richard III is not a programmatic drama, but focuses instead on the haunting scene before the Battle of Bosworth in Shakespeare’s play. Wallenstein’s Camp is symphonically structured, while Hakon Jarl dramatizes the life of the tyrannical Viking warrior with memorable flair. The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 1949 by the esteemed conductors Vaclav Talich and L’udovit Rajter. Since then, the orchestra has performed under the batons of some of Read more the world’s greatest conductors. The Slovak Philharmonic has made numerous recordings and has toured extensively throughout the world.

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REVIEW:

Aside from Ma Vlast, these are the best of Smetana’s orchestral pieces (though you might also want to toss the Festive Overture in there as well). Svárovsky is a fine conductor who works hard to shape and pace the music his own way; for those who like a more elegant line, he is clearly a good choice.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Richard III, B 106/T 74/Op. 11 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leos Svarovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Czech Republic 
2.
Wallenstein's Camp, B 111/T 79/Op. 14 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leos Svarovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Czech Republic 
3.
Hakon Jarl, B 118/T 82/Op. 16 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leos Svarovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Czech Republic 
4.
Triumphal Symphony in E major, B 92/T59/Op. 6 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Leos Svarovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1854; Czech Republic 

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