Smetana: Má Vlast

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Smetana: Má Vlast



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28th Oct 2016




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Smetana’s cycle “My Country” is a pinnacle of symphonic literature. There is nothing quite like it: six musical poems which, while independent of each other, form an organic whole.

As a composer, Smetana was in the vanguard. This visionary work is unmistakably personal, connected to the Czech nation’s tragic history and to the Bohemian-Moravian landscape; it is not only about memory, it also gives hope for the future, brilliantly describing landscapes of the human soul. As such it goes beyond time, to create something of lasting significance. This is music of nostalgia, which sets thoughts and emotions free.

After hearing “My Country”, one emerges stronger. Every one of these six pieces has a tremendous energy, and enables one to live with melancholy and sorrow: the work transforms the listener and enriches the soul.

Bedřich Smetana: Má vlast (My Country), JB 1:112

No. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)

No. 2. Vltava (Moldau)

No. 3. Sarka

No. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Woods and Fields)

No. 5. Tabor

No. 6. Blanik

MusicWeb International

18th January 2017

“A very fine achievement.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2017


“Jakub Hrůša has an enviable reputation in Czech repertoire and his reading of My Country has great merit…there is a great deal to admire especially in capturing orchestral detail, aided by a vivid recording”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“[Hrůša] paints the landscape vividly, whether the rapids of St John’s or the dark shadows of Bohemia’s meadows and forests…[in the final two movements] we find raw energy, theatricality and, perhaps most strikingly, pathos…recommended.”

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