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Smetana: Ma Vlast

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  • Performer: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Bedrich Smetana
  • Audio CD (November 29, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000140M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By B. G. Reinhart on September 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Little-known but always-reliable conductor Antoni Wit and his Polish Radio Orchestra turn in a classic performance of Smetana's Ma Vlast. It has everything the other great performances have in spades - beauty, drama, superb playing, and a rich atmosphere - but it also has a fantasy-like quality that few other recordings capture. This is one of the slowest, longest performances on disc, not because Wit plods along, but because he generates a sound-world of his own, almost like a giant fantasia. The result is that, as Gramophone magazine notes in its review, it FEELS shorter than most performances!

"Ma Vlast" begins with the sounds of medieval Bohemian bard Lumir strumming his harp, passing through the history of the Old Castle, Vysehrad, following the River Vltava (Moldau) (in a gorgeous, expansive performance), through a luminous tour of the Bohemian countryside. If you've never heard this music before, you're in for a delight; this is a beautiful work, 80 minutes of evocative imagery and Czech folk rhythms. If you have already heard some of the grand old recordings of "Ma Vlast" - like Talich and Ancerl's readings on Supraphon or any of the three by Rafael Kubelik - consider investing in this one, too. It presents a unique view of the work that places more emphasis on lyricism and fantasy, and less on drama and (in the first and last movements) battle.

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra is clearly world-class, and the recorded sound is natural and resonant in a way that enhances the music's atmosphere greatly. This is one of the best recordings of Bedrich Smetana's masterwork, and it certainly is the best-sounding (all digital) and probably the cheapest, too!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on January 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As good a way to judge a disc of Ma Vlast as I can think of is how well it manages to sustain my interest through all six tone-poems played without intermission. I have now undergone the experience twice, and that in close succession because I had enjoyed the first time through enormously. It comes to all but 80 minutes' playing time, and it was not a moment too long for me, even second time round.

I do not have recent performances in mind to use as comparisons, benchmarks, yardsticks or what have you. Many years ago there were three or four sets of Ma Vlast directed by Kubelik, and not surprisingly they were widely taken as a standard. My memory of them is fading, indeed well faded, but the impression that remains with me is that the tempi were in general faster than Wit's tempi here. I like Wit's tempi. There is plenty of energy when it is called for, notably in the fierce Sarka and in the nationalistic final Blanik. However the overall impact is of a relaxed direction giving this relaxed and most beautiful and attractive music time to breathe. Wit seems to understand the Bohemian idiom thoroughly, so far as I from out the northern island can judge of such a matter. The music never sags at any point, even in one very dreamy sequence indeed in Vltava. Most impressive of all from my point of view was that the two final pieces, expressing Hussite themes and added later to the original suite of four, kept my attention effortlessly despite being, I guess, a little less inspired than their predecessors. The whole suite evokes love of homeland and the intense joy of just being there, but the secure and unquestioning aspects of that are probably more musical and poetic than the more assertively nationalistic ones.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For years I have been trying to find a recording of the Moldau (Vltava) which I fell in love with as a teenager. I found this CD recently with a special sale price in a local store. I was delighted that it was presented by an Eastern European Symphony -- we don't hear much of them in the west -- and I hoped they would have a special feeling for Smetana's vibrant romance with his Czech homeland. They do and they capture all of his wonderful sense of melody and flow. The other musical poems in the set were new to me. It was nice to finally have the context for the Moldau that Smetana intended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Zimmerman on May 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have four of the orchestral version, plus the Supraphon recording of the Piano 4 Hands version. They all should get 5 stars for performance, but in the Levine, which I also have, the sound is simply too dry, so the recording of the Levine should probably get 4 stars. Other recorings I have of it are the Mackerrass, the Pesek (the Mackerrass, which is on Supraphon and the Pesek, which is on Virgin) are uniformly excellent. Also, if you love theh work as much as I, then don't avoid getting the Piano 4 Hand version, also on Supraphon, which sounds almost identical to the orchestrated version. Another plus for this CD is that it's on the Naxos discount label, and if you haven't been following them lately they are producing some of the finest recordings on the market and generally run either $8.99 or $9.99, very reasonable pricing.

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Mark Zimmerman, Chicago
The Bipolar Bear!
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