'An extraordinary, implacable performance of the Libuse prelude makes the disc worth hearing.' The Guardian
'...the lyrical tragedy Dalibor, a great hymn to friendship, is rarely performed outside his homeland, and even there, relatively few will ever see Libuše, the story of Bohemia's legendary prophetess-queen, who married a humble ploughman. All the more valuable, therefore, is this sampler from the versatile Gianandrea Noseda, whose glossy, vibrant performances more than hint at what we're missing.' BBC Music Magazine
Another wonderful collaboration between Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Smetana: Orchestral Music Vol. 2 begins with the Overture and Dances from his well-known Bartered Bride before following with such gems as overtures and ballets from The Brandenburgers, his first opera, and Two Widows as well as other less well known works. Once again Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra display their dazzling versatility and chemistry with this impeccably recorded piece.
Producer/s: Mike George, Brian Pidgeon
Sound Engineers: Stephen Rinker, Sharon Hughes (assistant), Owain Williams (assistant)
Recorded in: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester 4, 7 & 8 October 2008