Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) - Má vlast / My Country
Cyklus symfonických básní / A Cycle of Symphonic Poems
4. Z českých luhů a hájů / From Bohemian Fields and Groves
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor
Is there any more evocative piece of national music than Má Vlast?
Smetana’s six orchestral poems – the most famous of which is Vltava (The Moldau) with its instantly recognizable melody and evocation of this great river - tell of Bohemia’s lands and legends. The Czech Philharmonic, with Jiří Bělohlávek as Music Director and Chief Conductor, have a unique quality amongst international orchestras, described by The Daily Telegraph as “something very subtle: a feeling of great power without aggression, exactitude without pedantically sharp edges, and a weight and clarity in the wind and brass.”
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