SMETANA Má Vlast / Belohlávek


Má Vlast
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlávek
Int. Release 05 Jan. 2018
1 CD / Download

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Bedrich Smetana (1824 - 1884)
Má Vlast, JB1:112





Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Tiempo total de reproducción 1:16:29

. . . this live account has a valedictory quality to match Rafael Kubelik's unforgettable 1990 Prague concert . . . Belohlavek's final thoughts on music he loved are equally special.

. . . [Belohlavek] was a distinguished conductor of the music of his native land. And this "Má Vlast" does him and his orchestra great credit. It's a remarkably vivid account, exceptionally well played by the Czech Philharmonic.

. . . a perfectly apt memorial . . . ["Tábor"]: Belohlávek sustains that dramatic tension into the final "Blaník", which is almost seamlessly linked to its predecessor, giving the whole cycle its sense of symphonic unity. The two best-known numbers, "Vltava" and "From Bohemia's Woods and Fields", get wonderfully warm readings in their own right; like the whole cycle, they may be pieces that every Czech orchestra knows inside out, but there's no hint of routine here . . . [this is a version to be reckoned with], and most of all, a very worthy tribute to a fine musician.

. . . [the "Má Vlast" cycle's strengths] are on full display in this bouncy and very Czech rendition . . . there's the extra thrill of hearing these Czech musicians surge and roll with the music's rhythms . . . Whatever the music's landscape or character, Belohlavek's orchestra deliver with flair and conviction.

. . . Belohlávek leads his dedicated and eager musicians in an account (seeing the work whole) that satisfies on every level, played superbly, and recorded with a realism that places the grateful listener in the best seat of the Smetana Hall. In terms of tempo, phrasing, dynamics and colour (and any other musical ingredient that comes to mind) -- and story-telling, whether geographical or legend -- Belohlávek and the Czech Phil conjure beauty, drama and patriotic fervour of the highest level. The current of the "Vltava" is perfectly judged, so too its magical moonlit episode, and when the river becomes more-rapidly flowing into Prague, before heading to the sea, the effect is momentous . . . The imposing landscape of "Bohemia's Woods and Fields", and its mysteries, are especially well-handled, ending with a bucolic knees-up . . . I found much to enjoy and enlighten here.