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Smetana: Ma Vlast

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Disc: 1

  1. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: No 6, Blaník


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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B00004YL3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on July 30, 2016
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Boy, I've seen some messed up stuff at Amazon but never anything this bad! When I wrote this there were 4 reviews, none of this recording.

This recording of Smetana's Ma Vlast (my country a set of six tone poems) is from the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra from the same named city in the Czech Republic and conducted by Czech Marek Stilec. This pair has recorded other Czech music for the Naxos label and here takes on Smetana's six tone poems that constitute the composer's concept of the national character of what today we know as the Czech Republic.

If you've never heard Ma Vlast, it is national music from the Romantic 19th century. The tone poems that make up my country are all written on romantic legends. They are called Vysehrad, Vltava (or The Moldau, a river), Sarka, From Bohemia's Woods and Fields, Tabor and Blanik. Altogether, the romantic tone poems eat up about 75 minutes on any given recording. This one is about 77 minutes.

This is a thoughtful, lithe, athletic, sometimes exciting, sometimes understated version of Smetana's music that is temperamentally far afield from Rafael Kubelik's highly charged work with Chicago, Boston, Vienna, Czech Philharmonic and other orchestras. This Czech production is in character with others from that country like Karel Ancerl or the legendary Vaclav Talich and equal to just about any recording you may have heard in terms of understanding the music and modern recording. Under Stilec's direction, the orchestra sometimes dances through these numbers where other conductors plod or brood. This is never foursquare, dull or monotonous.

My favorite Ma Vlast is the 1975 recording from Czech conductor Walter Susskind and the St.
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This is Smetana's own transcription of the entire Ma Vlast forpiano, four hands, and it is the premiere recording of this version ofthe piece. The performers are Petr Jirikovsky and Daniel Weisner... In piano transcription, the occasionally dense counterpoint of the work is clarified, and these players add both precision and flair.
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The prodigious baton of this underrated conductor will be matter of discussion for the next years. If you pay careful attention to his comparatively few achievements with the Chicago Orchestra by well known reasons, he established an open gate for Fritz Reiner who finally applied his undeniable gifts to become Chicago Orchestra a refulgent ensemble.

At the end of his life Kubelik was truly inspired by the call of his birthplace. And with the Fall of the ignominious Wall in Berlin Nov. 9 1989 and the final collapse of U.R.S.S. he felt the imperious necessity to look inside his native country, and so to undertake for the posterity this premonitory Concert loaded of renovated hopes, as well as a song to the freedom.

So, when he hoisted this musical flag, the second hymn of Czechoslovakia "My Country" with the emblematic and luxuriant sound of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he was signing if you want his particular Farwell. Far from being a self indulgent or tearful attitude, he assumed worthily the rank of special guest in name of all of those who died and could not see the final retirement of the oppressive and struggling bear ` s embrace.

You will be able to feel the visible expressive lyric flight, the voluptuous energy and the enraptured commitment of all the members of the Orchestra was not casual. So, given the particular circumstance in which this live Concert was recorded and keeping the meaning of what was going on at this historical moment, this is a collector item, that securely will increase its special brightness through the years.

Go for this record.
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Beware. This recording is a reissue of Kubelik's 1959 recording with the Vienna Philharmonic, originally issued by Decca, clearly identified as such, and with identical timings. It is not as described in Mr. Gomes Pardo's review, which is either fantasy, or may possibly refer to a completely different recording, with the Czech Philharmonic, which was made in 1990. The two stars do not refer to the quality of the recording, which is good for its time, but to the misidentified provenance in Mr. Gomes Pardo's review.
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07-03-2014 it seems to me that just about everything that Sir Charles Mackerras touches turns to gold, and this 1999 Ma Vlast is no exception. It is, in fact, perhaps the best digital age recording without turning to Super Audio for further enhancement. The music is more than enough and the playing by the fabulous Czech Philharmonic, maybe the best and finest Eastern bloc nation, during the Communist era, of course, and as we all know, Communism is dead. Right?? I doubt it, because the "true believer" in the Socialist state is not the fashionable intellectual who changes his/her minds like the direction of a Summer breeze, but a committed, hard-line and hard-headed loyalist to the rantings of Marx, and as such, is a committed atheist, agnostic and totalitarian whose thinking is still old school and has simply gone "underground" for the time being. They believe in the end, they will triumph as do the Jihadists who've been battling the West for nearly 13 Centuries.
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