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Smetana: Ma Vlast; Dvorak, Grieg / Paavo Berglund


Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 68649   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bedrich SmetanaAntonín DvorákEdvard Grieg
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleBournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Má Vlasts don't get better than this. Its sumptuous sonics, for one, bring out all the warmth and evocative textures of Smetena's orchestration. Only the percussion seems undermiked. By contrast, Vysehrad's famous harp opening is overly spotlit in proportion to its surroundings. But who can resist the gilded elegance of the Dresden Staatskapelle's brass section, or its darkly alluring winds. Berglund lets the burnished strings sing their collective hearts out, yet their rich sonority never cloys. Sometimes Berglund's tempo changes and transitions lack breathing room and dramatic clarity. At the same time, his direct approach to the cycle's concluding movements prevent the music's nationalist countenance from spilling into Read more jingoism.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1978 
2.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
3.
Slavonic Rhapsodies (3), Op. 45/B 86: no 3 in A flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
4.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
5.
Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 

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