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Smetana: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Smetana: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

...thoroughly engaging
CHAN10413 (Chandos)
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1
Wallenstein's Camp (Wallensteins Lager, Valdstynuv tabor), Op. 14

Wallenstein's Camp (Wallensteins Lager, Valdstynuv tabor), Op. 14

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
15:02 Play $6.85
2
Richard III, Op. 11

Richard III, Op. 11

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
13:27 Play $5.10
3
Hakon Jarl, Op. 16

Hakon Jarl, Op. 16

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
16:32 Play $6.85
4
The Fisherman (Der Fischer, Rybar)

The Fisherman (Der Fischer, Rybar)

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
04:38 Play $1.70
5
The Peasant Woman (Venkovanka)

The Peasant Woman (Venkovanka)

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
04:07 Play $1.70
6
The Prague Carnival (Prazsky karneval)

The Prague Carnival (Prazsky karneval)

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
06:20 Play $3.40
7
Fanfares for Richard III (Fanfary k Richardovi III)

Fanfares for Richard III (Fanfary k Richardovi III)

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
01:04 Play $1.70
8
Grand Overture in D Major

Grand Overture in D Major

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
08:26 Play $3.40
9
Shakespeare Festival March in E Major, Op. 20

Shakespeare Festival March in E Major, Op. 20

Composer Bedrich Smetana
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Band BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
05:49 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 75 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This recording features symphonic poems that preceded the composition of Smetana's now iconic symphonic cycle Má vlast.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

The BBC Philharmonic is acknowledged as one of the UK's finest orchestras. It is part of the BBC's family of six performing groups, and from its new home in Salford it tours widely in the UK and internationally. Most concerts are broadcast live or recorded for BBC Radio 3.
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Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda is a Milan-born Italian conductor, now working worldwide with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra.
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‘There have been distinguished collections of Smetana's symphonic poems... but none quite to compare with this in excitement, richness of detail and, in the case of ‘Wallenstein's Camp', sonic spectacle - how well Smetana writes for the brass!' Gramophone

‘This is highly recommendable to anyone who wishes to investigate the orchestral music of Smetana beyond Ma Vlast and the Overture and Dances from the Bartered Bride.' Fanfare


Although Má vlast has always overshadowed his other orchestral music, Smetana developed a symphonic style which made a fundamental contribution to the identity of Czech national music.

The three symphonic poems from Smetana's ‘Swedish period', Richard III, Wallenstein's Camp and Hakon Jarl, are now regularly performed in concert halls; however, the remainder of the album presents lesser-known repertoire, mainly composed along Lisztian lines.

The genre of the symphonic poem was very important to Smetana and it was not long after his ‘Swedish period' that nationalism gradually came to prominence in his music, especially once he had returned to his native land. The other works on the disc demonstrate this nationalistic turn, and include Prague Carnival, one of his most fascinating works. Due to its ‘cacophony' it was not popular on its initial performances; yet it is in fact one of Smetana's most imaginative, if challenging scores.

Masterfully performed by Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, these works provide an important introduction to Smetana‘s orchestral output and confirm Smetana's status as one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century.

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