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Smetana: The Moldau; Overture and Dances from The Bartered Bride


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)James Levine15:39Album Only
listen  2. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 2. Vltava (The Moldau)James Levine12:06Album Only
listen  3. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests)James Levine12:14Album Only
listen  4. Smetana: The Bartered Bride - OvertureJames Levine 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Act 1 - PolkaJames Levine 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Act 2 - FuriantJames Levine 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Smetana: The Bartered Bride - Skocná (Dance of the Comedians)James Levine 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Composer: Bedrich [Composer] Smetana
  • Audio CD (February 4, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Smetana: The Moldau; Overture and Dances from The Bartered Bride by Wiener Philharmoniker [Orchestra], James Levine [Conductor]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 2, 2005
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Levine was making some brash, over-driven recordings with the Berlin Phil. and the Chicago Sym. on DG (Sibelius Second and Prokofiev Fifth are cases in point)at the same time he was all metling charm with the Vienna Phil. Who knows why? But his Mozart symphonies from Vienna are almost lilting, a quality one doesn't associate with this Szell protoge. His Tchaikovsky ballet suites are magnificent in every way, and so are the excrepts from The Bartered Bride on this CD.

The orchestra is so ravishing, and the recording captures them so well, that Levine would only need to be half as good. Yet great conductors can outshine themselves, and here he displays joy and brio throughout. The excerpts from Ma vlast are distinctly cooler, no match for Karajan's grand sweep, until the third one, which is rich and dramatic. So call this CD a treasure for at least half the music on it and very good for the rest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on January 3, 2005
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I usually love James Levine's recordings. His versions of the Dvorak symphonies are some of my favorites. Thus, I eagerly bought this recording. I must agree with other reviewers in that the recorded sound is top notch. Vienna, as always, gives an alert and well balanced performance. However, this really is the most routine of performances. Levine does little to bring out anything from the score. This is simply a very well executed but boring recording of Má Vlast. The orchestra also sounds somewhat distant in this DG recording.

The sections from the Bartered Bride on the other hand are quite fun. The lighthearted and fast paced overture is thrilling in Levine's hands. The subsequent three dances are just as exciting. Levine is much more at home with these operatic works than with the symphonic poem.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Vidal on April 15, 2007
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I agree with the other reviews. The orchestra sounds distant in Ma Vlast, which is rather frustrating. While the Bartered Bride is beautiful. Not sure the imbalance makes this CD worth buying.
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