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Smetana: Má Vlast / Järvi, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 06/20/1995 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9366   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Moldau is the best-known section of Má Vlast -- indeed, it has become one of Bedrich Smetana's greatest hits, along with a few popular excerpts from The Bartered Bride -- but the entire cycle of six tone poems must be heard to appreciate the sweep and grandeur the composer wished to convey in his portrait of the Czech homeland. Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra deliver an expansive reading of the complete work, and their feeling for the music's vivid imagery and richly Romantic expression is spot on. The DSO conveys the full range of Smetana's fervent nationalism, which runs the gamut from the quiet dignity of Vysehrad to the fiery turbulence of Sárka; and the brooding, elegiac, and pastoral moods in Read more Tábor and Blanik round out Smetana's glorious tribute to Bohemian life and history. Almost matching Moldau in melodic appeal, energetic rhythms, and orchestral brilliance, From Bohemian Fields and Groves is especially passionate and exciting under Järvi's direction, and this track is a high point of the disc. But the whole performance is marvelously evocative and stirring, and it should be heard in one sitting to get the full impact. Chandos provides fine sound throughout.

– Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1993 

Sound Samples

Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 1. Vysehrad
Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 2. Vltava (Moldau)
Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 3. Sarka
Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemian Fields and Groves)
Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 5. Tabor
Ma vlast (My Fatherland): No. 6. Blanik

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