Smetana - Orchestral Works Vol.2 | Chandos CHAN10518

Smetana - Orchestral Works Vol.2

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10518

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st June 2009

Contents

Works

Smetana, Bedrich

Dalibor
» Entr'acte
Libuse
» Prelude
The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Furiant
» Overture
» Polka
» Skocna - Dance of the Comedians
The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
» Ballet (Act 1)
» Prelude
The Devil's Wall
» Infernal Dance
» Prelude
The Kiss
» Overture
The Secret
» Overture
The Two Widows
» Overture
» Polka (Act 2)
» Prelude (Act 2)

Artists

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

Works

Smetana, Bedrich

Dalibor
» Entr'acte
Libuse
» Prelude
The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Furiant
» Overture
» Polka
» Skocna - Dance of the Comedians
The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
» Ballet (Act 1)
» Prelude
The Devil's Wall
» Infernal Dance
» Prelude
The Kiss
» Overture
The Secret
» Overture
The Two Widows
» Overture
» Polka (Act 2)
» Prelude (Act 2)

Artists

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

About

Volume one of this series was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and here Gianandrea Noseda conducts his second instalment in his Smetana Orchestral Works series.  

This latest programme is made up of the familiar Bartered Bride Overture and Dances with the overtures and ballets of his lesser-known operas, including his first opera The Brandenburgers, The Kiss – which was his first collaboration with the brilliant young librettist and poet, Eliska Krasnohorska - and The Devil’s Wall, all of which offer Smetana’s masterful orchestration, panache and virtuosity. They are performed with assurance by the BBC Philharmonic.

This is a superb disc. There have been distinguished collections of Smetana’s symphonic poems but none quite to compare with this in excitement, richness of detail, sonic spectacle – how well Smetana writes for the brass!  Not to be missed’ - Gramophone on Vol.1.
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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