Smetana

Smetana - The bartered bride [Prodana nevesta] (James Levine) (2010/1978)

Smetana - The bartered bride [Prodaná nevěsta] (James Levine) (2010/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.60 Gb+3.62 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 142 min
Classical | The Metropolitan Opera | Sub: English

This MET production of Bedrich Semtana's classic folk opera boasts a superb cast, including Nicolai Gedda, Jon Vickers, Teresa Stratas, and Martti Talvela. The staging and mis-en-scene is traditional and very well done. Everyone seems to be enjoying this presentation. Although not to the same standard as today's HD productions, this is still a wonderful way to get to know this delightful opera.

Takács Quartet - Janáček & Smetana: String Quartets (2015)  Music

Posted by LoveHive at Aug. 9, 2016
Takács Quartet - Janáček & Smetana: String Quartets (2015)

Takács Quartet - Janáček & Smetana: String Quartets (2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:22 | 164 MB
Label: Hyperion

The much-feted Takacs Quartet presents three popular string quartets from Czechoslovakia. Janacek's String Quartet No.1 was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, which was in turn inspired by Beethoven's Violin Sonata No.9. Janacek's String Quartet No.2 was dedicated to his friendship with Kamila Stosslova, a married woman 38 years his junior with whom he exchanged over 700 letters. As the subtitle suggests, Smetana's String Quartet No.1 'From My Life' is semi-autobiographical and consists of sketches of periods from Smetana's life. All three works share narrative undercurrents that draw performances of gripping engagement from this elite group of players.

Smetana Trio - Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios (2016)  Music

Posted by LoveHive at July 4, 2016
Smetana Trio - Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios (2016)

Smetana Trio - Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:23 | 123 MB
Label: Supraphon Records

The complete set of Bohuslav Martins piano trios affords a fascinating insight into the constant transformations of his musical idiom from the early 1930s to the 1950s, also giving testimony to the composer as a human and his particular mindset. The first, five- movement, trio, Cinq pièces brèves (1930) was written in a carefree manner (within a mere ten days) and intuitively. It is the very first Martin piece to reflect his penchant for Neo–Baroque music, so salient a trait of his later creations.
Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

Roberto Plano - Bedřich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94788 | Time: 01:16:39

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey.
Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvorak, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)

Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvorak, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 309 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 173 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 2059

The two large-scale works by Dvořák and Smetana are complemented here by the one- movement Elegy, by Josef Suk, Dvořák’s student and later son-in-law. Formed in 2007, the Sitkovetsky Trio performs worldwide and has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, but is here making its début on disc, in a programme perfectly suited to the ensemble’s virtuosic and impassioned music-making.

Smetana - Orchestral Works Volume 2 (2009)  

Posted by peotuvave at Aug. 26, 2015
Smetana - Orchestral Works Volume 2 (2009)

Smetana - Orchestral Works Volume 2 (2009)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 302 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 175 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10518

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 - performed with the Ballet from Act I, 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.
Noseda, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Smetana: Orchestral Works Vol 1 (2007)

Noseda, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Smetana: Orchestral Works Vol 1 (2007)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 310 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 180 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10413

This is a superb disc. There have been distinguished collections of Smetana’s symphonic poems (notably a vintage Kubelík disc) but none quite to compare with this in excitement, richness of detail and, in the case of Wallenstein’s Camp, sonic spectacle – how well Smetana writes for the brass! Indeed this, Richard III and especially Hakon Jarl emerge afresh as symphonic poems every bit the equal of those of Liszt. The early Jubel Overture (1848) with its thundering, frantic opening timpani and energetic folksy flavour is a real find. So, too, is the beautiful watery tableau The Fisherman, which has a Wagnerian evocation gently reminding one of the moonlight sequence in Vltava.
Jiri Belohlavek, BBC SO, BBC Singers - Smetana: The Bartered Bride (2012) [24-bit/48kHz]

Jiří Bělohlávek, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers - Smetana: The Bartered Bride (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 136:17 minutes | 1,44 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

After his symphonic poem Má vlast, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, is arguably his most popular work. This recording, issued by Harmonia Mundi, is taken from a live concert performance at The Barbican in May 2011, and leaves one in no doubt as to why Jirí Belohlávek has made the Czech repertoire such a splendid calling card during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Smetana Quartet: Beethoven - String Quartets, Op.18, No.s 1-2-3 [2004, Columbia COCO-70676] New Rip

Smetana Quartet: Beethoven - String Quartets, Op.18, No.s 1-2-3
Classical | EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Columbia COCO-70676 | ~ 338 or 182 Mb
Scans (JPG) Included | Scans (png, 600dpi) -> 278 Mb

Few chamber music groups have as proud a history as the Smetana Quartet, or a history that evokes as much nationalistic passion. Founded during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, the group's very existence was an anomaly during an era when any manifestation of Czech nationalism was outlawed. They survived into the post-Nazi era, and went on to an acclaimed international performing career, making some of the finest chamber music recordings of the 1950s and 1960s…
Smetana Quartet - Mozart: String Quartets No.15 & No.17  [2010, Japan Blu-Spec CD, COCO-73164] New Rip

Smetana Quartet - Mozart: String Quartets No.15 & No.17
Classical | EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log | MP3 CBR 320Kbps | 8 Tracks
Columbia | COCO-73164 | Blu-Spec CD | ~270 + 131 Mb | Scans(jpg 300dpi) Included
Scans(png, 600dpi) -> 292 Mb