Smetana Má Vlast

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa - Smetana: Má vlast (My Country), JB 1:112 (2017)

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa - Smetana: Má vlast (My Country), JB 1:112 (2017)
Classical, Romantic Era, Orchestral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:21:08 | 186 MB
Label: Tudor | Release Year: 2017

Compared to other European orchestras with centuries-old legacies, the relatively young Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has earned a reputation through its many tours and recordings. The ensemble was founded in 1946 by members of the Prague Deutsche Philharmonie, a wartime orchestra that only lasted from 1939 until 1945. The orchestra's principal conductors have been Joseph Keilberth (1940-1945, 1949-1968), Herbert Albert (1947-1948), Eugen Jochum (1948-1949, 1968-1973), James Loughran (1978-1983), Witold Rowicki (1983-1985), and Horst Stein (from 1985). Jonathan Nott took over the post in 2000.

Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (Kubelik, 1990 recording)  

Posted by wursthans at May 20, 2009
Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (Kubelik, 1990 recording)

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (1990)
Genre: Symphonic Poem | 1 CD | EAC & FLAC (CUE+LOG) | Complete Covers & PDF | 430 MB
1990 recording & 2002 release | Publisher: Supraphon SU 11 1208-2 031
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Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (1990)  

Posted by peachfuzz at Dec. 23, 2007
Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (1990)

Bedrich Smetana: Má Vlast (1998)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 402 MB
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Many nationalistic works have been produced and forgotten over the ages, ranging from the outright descriptive (Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite) to the subtly evocative (Isaac Albéniz's Iberia). Yet, none packs the same punch of a bedrock nationalistic fervor – at least with its intended audience – as Smetana's Má Vlast. And who could have known better than Smetana that musical spur and chauvinistic pride (aka "patriotism") could form such a powerful bond? After all, who doesn't respond to his or her national anthem with an involuntary lump in the throat, a quickening of the pulse, watering of the eyes or a symbolic gesture to a call of action? This particular recording of Smetana's Má Vlast, conducted by Kubelik, is especially poignant since it was released just when the "velvet revolution" marked the end of the Communist rule. Kubelík himself emerged from years of illness and retirement to return home and open the 1990 Prague Festival with, of course, Má Vlast. Reunited for the first time in 42 years, the Czech Philharmonic plays for its former leader with breathtaking focus, transcendent eloquence and a palpable aura of deep, abiding love that channels and conveys the intense emotions Smetana himself must have felt in transforming his maddening prisons of silence and din into a torrent of fervor for his country and his people. I'm about to piss my pants merely thinking about it.

Happy holiday, Flush. This one's for you. I even went out of my usual way to scan the damn covers just for you!

Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast / My Country  

Posted by tualka at June 22, 2007
Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast / My Country

Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast / My Country
mp3 | classical music | 320 kbps | 6 tracks | 172 Mb
Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1987) {Deutsche Grammophon}

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | 325 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 180 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / 431 652 2


James Levine's viennese recording of Smetana's famed masterpiece is one of the best performances of the work around today. With clear, full-bodied digital recording and ripe, rich and opulent playing from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it presents a performance that is as comporable to Kubelik as any other. Despite Levine's roots in the theatre (Metropolitan Opera), he manages to grasp a clear sense of drama in the work, and while some might argue that he is mainly concerned with orchestral effect for its own sake, he certainly does not do this but presents every minute detail in this musical kaliedascopic picture.
Bedrich Smetana - »Ma Vlast« (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaclav Smetacek) - 1984

Bedřich Smetana - MÁ VLAST (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Václav Smetáček) - 1984
Classical | EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1CD, 384 MB
Label: Denon for Supraphon | Catalog Number: 38C37-7241 | TT: 73'53''

In many ways Ma Vlast seems like a problematic work. It is full of patriotism and conductors often choose to exploit its grandeur. Such approaches bring a risk of heaviness. Nikolaus Harnoncourt managed to employ slow tempi and achieve a deeper look without a trace of ponderousness, but his feat was remarkable and difficult to emulate. (Harnoncourt takes 83 minutes compared to 73 for Smetacek, a huge difference.) So Smetacek's decision to go for abandon and delight seems wise. The Czech Phil adds volumes to the treat, with a warm, juicy tone that is almost as enjoyable in this repertoire as the Vienna Phil. In addition, Supraphon's sound is splendid, about as good as early digital gets.
Bedrich Smetana - "Ma Vlast" (NHK Symphony Orchestra - Lovro von Matacic) - 2004

Bedřich Smetana - MÁ VLAST (NHK Symphony Orchestra - Lovro von Matačić) - 2004
Classical | EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1CD, 417 MB
Label: Altus | Catalog Number: ALT092 | TT: 78'40''

Among music lovers Croatian conductor Lovro von Matačić is mostly known as a great Bruckner exegete. However he was a champion in the Eastern Europe music too. His repertoire included symphonic and opera compositions by Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Korte, Smetana etc.

Smetana: Orchestral Works - Valek, Prague Radio So (2007)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at April 21, 2014
Smetana: Orchestral Works - Valek, Prague Radio So (2007)

Smetana: Orchestral Works - Valek, Prague Radio So (2007)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 3 CDs | Full Scans | 798 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Supraphon | Catalog Number: 3916

Every true believer in the music of Czech nationalist composer Bedrich Smetana will have to check out this three-disc set of his orchestral works with Vladimir Válek leading the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Not only does it contain Smetana's orchestral masterpiece Má Vlast plus his three fairly well-known tone poems Richard III, Wallenstein's Campo, and Hakon Jarl, it also contains his nearly completely unknown four-movement Triumph Symphony, his almost totally unknown March for Shakespeare, and the Ceremonial Prelude in C major along with three short orchestral dances, the Georginen, the Louisen, and the Our Lasses Polkas.
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Smetana Ma Vlast (Mein Vaterland) (1971)  {1986 Deutsche Grammophon}

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Smetana Ma Vlast (Mein Vaterland) (1971) {1986 Deutsche Grammophon}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 171 mb
Genre: Christmas, classical

Smetana Ma Vlast (Mein Vaterland) is a 1971 album by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Rafael Kubelik conducting. This CD was released in 1986 through Deutsche Grammophon and was pressed in (West) Germany, thus the titles.
Smetana: Ma Vlast / Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind (conductor)  (2005)

Smetana: Ma Vlast / Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind (conductor) (2005)
Unknown Rip, APE (tracks), no cue, no log, no scans | RAR rec. 3% | 335 MB
Classical | Label: Mobile Fidelity Inc. | Time: 75:59

I thoroughly enjoyed this performance! The music is played so lovingly and with attention to rhythm and inner harmonies. There are places that are faster or slower than others play it, but it's all done very convincingly and with feeling. The sound is crisp and clear, and very nicely balanced. The climaxes are very loud and clear, but for the majority of the more melodic (and not loud) sound quality is very clear and analytical. It's hard to believe this is a 30 year old recording.