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Smetana: Bagatelles Et Impromptus, Louisen Polka, Geroginen Polka / Jitka Cechova


Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3845   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The fifth CD of the complete piano works of Bed?ich Smetana (1824-1884) takes us back to the world of the composer’s student years. (Smetana wrote all the featured - and surprisingly mature - pieces before he had reached the age of twenty.) He introduces himself as a passionate dancer; the polkas, so typical of Smetana, as well as gallopades, waltzes and quadrilles, bear witness to the hectic social and musical life he led during his studies in Prague and Plze?, where he was a sought-after pianist and was able to intensively develop his talent. The first preserved composition is the Louisen Polka, followed by the Georginen Polka and Aus dem Studentenleben (From Student Life). The three Impromptus (1841-42) and Bagatelles et Impromptus Read more (1844) are the first attempts to create compositions of a more serious nature and reflect Smetana’s inspiration by his musical idols (Chopin, Liszt, Schumann). Even though young and a self-taught pianist, these early works reveal Smetana as a singular and inspired composer.

The dance-like vigour and simple tenderness of these miniatures are rendered by the energetic pianist Jitka ?echová with an admirable naturalness and grace!
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Works on This Recording

1.
Memories of Pilsen, B 37/T 38 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1843-1844; Czech Republic 
2.
Louisina Polka in E flat major, B 12/T 4 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Czech Republic 
3.
Georginen Polka in D major, B 13/T 8 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Czech Republic 
4.
Bagatelles and Impromptus (8) for Piano, B 40 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Czech Republic 
5.
Quadrilles (2) for Piano by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843 
6.
Mazurka Capriccio for Piano in C sharp minor by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844 
7.
Aus dem Studentenleben in C major, B 30 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1842; Czech Republic 
8.
Impromptus (3) for Piano by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842 
9.
Galopp in D major by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1831 
10.
Waltzes for Piano by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Jitka Cechova (Piano)
Period: Romantic  

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