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SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 & No. 2; Piano Trio – Prazak Quartet/ Nathalia Milstein, piano – Praga Digitals

SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 & No. 2; Piano Trio – Prazak Quartet/ Nathalia Milstein, piano – Praga Digitals

Intense and masterfully performed, these three Smetana chamber music staples enjoy fiercely passionate renderings. SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor “From My Life”; String Quartet No. 2 in d minor; Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15 – Prazak Quartet/ Nathalia Milstein, piano – Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 151, 75:53 (2/16/18) [Distr. by […]

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca

Smetana’s epic, national symphonic cycle has a glowing document from the late Jiri Belohlavek and his Czech Philharmonic. SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca 483 3187, 76:52 (1/12/18) [Distr. by Universal] ***** Recorded 12-14 May 2014 at Smetana Hall, Prague, this reading of the esteemed 1874 symphonic cycle Ma Vlast […]

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler  – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Praga Digitals restores in stunning sound Wilhelm Furtwängler’s explorations into tone-poems and orchestral works that gain his sense of Romantic ardor. Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = LISZT: Les Preludes; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a; SMETANA: The Moldau; TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz and Finale from Serenade for Strings […]

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Evelinde Trenker and Sontraud Speidel, pianos – MD&G Gold

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Evelinde Trenker and Sontraud Speidel, pianos – MD&G Gold

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Evelinde Trenker and Sontraud Speidel, pianos – MD&G Gold Records MD&G 930 1960-6 multi-channel SACD with additional 2+2+2 80:00 (8/5/16) [Distr. by eOne] ****: A unique transcription of the Smetana classic arranged for two pianos. Smetana’s Ma Vlast is a standard part of the concert repertoire. It was the composer’s manifesto […]

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major; SMETANA: The Bartered Bride – Ov.; CHAPI: Musica classica: Prelude; La corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca: Serenata; El tambor de granaderos: Prelude; GIMENEZ: El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo; La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo – Orq. Nac. de Espana/ Orch. de la Suisse Romande (Smetana)/ Gran Orquesta Sinfonica (Chapi, Gimienez)/ Ataulfo Argenta – ICA Classics

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major; SMETANA: The Bartered Bride – Ov.; CHAPI: Musica classica: Prelude; La corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca: Serenata; El tambor de granaderos: Prelude; GIMENEZ: El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo; La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo – Orq. Nac. de Espana/ Orch. de la Suisse Romande (Smetana)/ Gran Orquesta Sinfonica (Chapi, Gimienez)/ Ataulfo Argenta – ICA Classics

The gifted but ill-fated conductor Argenta delivers an Eroica that avoids cliches and restores the fervor of Beethoven’s originality.