Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) - Má vlast / My Country
Cyklus symfonických básní / A Cycle of Symphonic Poems
1. Vyšehrad 15:40
2. Vltava 12:18
3. Šárka 10:30
4. Z českých luhů a hájů / From Bohemian Fields and Groves 12:45
5. Tábor 12:13
6. Blaník 15:02
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Václav Talich conductor
Mono studio remastered recording 1929.
Vaclav Talich became director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1919, starting an era of unprecedented rise and accomplishment. Under Talich, and his successors Rafael Kubelik and Karel Ancerl, the orchestra rose to a position of being one of the finest in Europe. During the bleak years of World War II Talich often performed Smetana's Ma Vlast and Dvorak's Slavonic Dances in Prague and throughout the Czech lands as a demonstration of great personal courage and national pride. In 1929 Talich made the first complete recording of Ma Vlast. The performance still stands as a benchmark against which to measure others, and we are fortunate to hear it today on CD in a transfer that gives lie to the age of the original recording.
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