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Smetana: Mein Vaterland / Neumann, Leipzig Gewandhaus

Smetana / Lgo / Neumann
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 300067   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While The Moldau has remained one of Bedrich Smetana's greatest hits and is frequently found on pops concert programs, the collection of six symphonic poems that make up Má Vlast (My Fatherland) is less widely performed and recorded, but certainly deserving of much more attention. There are common themes that run through the cycle, so listeners who are already familiar with The Moldau will recognize them in various guises throughout the surrounding sections, and if the work is taken in as a whole, one will acquire a greater sense of Smetana's passionate nationalism and expansive depiction of the Bohemian countryside and history. This 1967 performance by Václav Neumann and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has long been a staple Read more of Berlin Classics' catalog, and even though the recording is ADD and a little lacking in bass, it has remarkable spatial depth and bright orchestral color, and the clean remastering makes it just as listenable as many later releases. - AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Length: 78 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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