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Zdenĕk Fibich was one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the nineteenth century, after his Czech predecessor, Smetana, and nearcontemporary, Dvořák. His Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School (and particularly Dvořák) as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Most of the main themes derive from some of his own piano pieces but they are integrated and developed in masterly fashion. At Twilight is a lusciously scored orchestral piece, whilst the Idyll is gently melancholic.
Zdenek Fibich: Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38
I. Allegro moderato
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Finale: Allegro energico
Zdenek Fibich: At Twilight, Op. 39
At Twilight, Op. 39
Zdenek Fibich: Selanka (Idyll), Op. 16
Selanka (Idyll), Op. 16
12th March 2014
“Major works like the cycle of three melodramas Hippodamia show [Fibich] to be a writer of no mean accomplishment, who despite his early death by no means deserves to be overshadowed by his contemporaries Smetana and Dvořák. Indeed those who enjoy the symphonies of the latter will find much to interest them here too.”