Fibich: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major; At Twilight; Clarinet Idyll
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- Zdenek Fibich was one of the more important Czech composers of the later Romantic era, displaying common cause with fellow countryman Antonin Dvorak and the Austro-German romantics. - His 2nd symphony is considered one of his best works, programmatic in style despite no explicit program. - Marek Stilec lead the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in this 2012 recording. - Mr. SWtilec's concern for authenticity lead him back to the original scores for this recording.
There aren't so many recordings of this music that collectors are spoiled for choice, but even in a more crowded field these performances would command attention. Easily recommended. --David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com
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Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900) has been overshadowed by his more well-known composer countrymen, somewhat unfairly. While I’m still not convinced that these are some of the greatest Czech symphonic works I’ve ever heard, I do hear similarities to Dvořák’s earlier symphonic works. The four-movement Symphony No. 2 is unobtrusive but entertaining, from its nationalistic horns at the beginning of the first movement (I also sensed a bit of a nod to Wagner), to its energetic conclusion. At about 40 minutes, it is the highlighted work on this second disc of Naxos’ collection. The two filler works, At Twilight (a symphonic poem for orchestra) and Selanka (an idyll for clarinet and orchestra) are light and relaxing.