Smetana: Ma Vlast (complete symphonic cycle) (CD)

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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek

“Recorded triumphantly at the 50th Prague Spring Festival. Of Pešek’s previous recording, Penguin Guide wrote “captures the epic patriotic feeling… richly romantic…gripping melodrama…vivid characterisation” “this, with the distinctive colours of the national orchestra – particularly those earthy Czech woodwinds – is definitely closer to home. Here, then, the song of the bard Lumir in the great hall of Vysehrad. And it’s those harps again…….” (Edward Seckerson BBC Radio 3)

  • 1. Vyšehrad 14:36
  • 2. Vltava (‘Vltava, the river’) 11:47
  • 3. šárka 9:47
  • 4. Z českých luhů a hájů 12:16
    (‘From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields’)
  • 5. Tábor 12:04
  • 6. Blaník 13:35