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Fibich: Symphony No 1 / Impressions From the Countryside

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Zdenek Fibich's career overlapped those of his countrymen Smetana and Dvorak,
but his music remained poised between the twin poles of Czech Nationalism and the
New German School. His earliest surviving symphony is No. 1 in F major, Op. 17,
completed in Prague in 1883. Whilst it is the most conventional of his three
symphonies it is excellently proportioned and reveals the influence of Schumann on
his developing art. Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 is, in effect, a symphonic suite and was highly influential on the younger generation of Czech composers.

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The sleeve promises that this will be the first volume of a Zdenek Fibich series, one of the almost forgotten Czech composers from the era of Smetana and Dvorak. He was certainly one of the most prolific, his output including seven operas, three symphonies and a vast number of piano pieces. While still in his teens he had attempted four operas, and was composing symphonic works in his early twenties. I came to love his music thirty-odd years ago with a recording of his dramatic opera, Sarka, and some years later with a fine recording of his two symphonies on Naxos (8.553699). Much of his musical education took place in Germany, and though we have a feeling of Czech nationalism in the First Symphony, that Germanic background is for ever present. It is such a tuneful and readily likeable score, I would place it on equal merit with Dvorak's early symphonies, though Fibich does tend to fall in love with his major first movement theme. The scherzo is less volatile than we hear in Dvorak, though after a tender slow movement, Fibich ends the score with a most jovial finale. The five Impressions from the Countryside, are pastoral in style and content, the music having considerable charm, while the bassoon solo in Fireside Talk is an enchanting moment. Often with the impression of coming from a folk-music background, it is a strongly lyrical score, with some unexpected rhythmical twists. The young conductor, Marek Stilec draws very good playing from the Czech National Symphony, an orchestra that has given me much pleasure in the concert hall over many years. I much look forward to future editions. --David's Review Corner, David Denton


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  • Conductor: Stilec
  • Composer: Fibich
  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00BGB3YUU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,603 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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