This page lists all recordings of Má Vlast: Vltava (Moldau), by Bedrich Smetana (1824-84) on CD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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Elgar: Cello Concerto
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski
Zuill Bailey is one of America’s most distinguished cellists with a fast-growing international reputation. For his sixth Telarc recording, Bailey performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, opus 85, the last work completed by the composer before his death. The disc also includes Vyšehrad, Vltava, and Sárka, three of the pieces that make up Smetana’s great cycle of symphonic poems “Má Vlast”.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s critically acclaimed previous Telarc recording with Zuill Bailley paired the Dvořák Cello Concerto with tone poems by the same composer. This release of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor also features music by a Czech composer in the programme, in this case the symphonic Vyšehrad, Vltava (The Moldau) and Sárka, the first three movements of Smetana’s popular six-part ode to his native land “Má Vlast (My Country)”.
Zuill Bailey’s other recordings for Telarc include the disc ‘Russian Masterpieces’(CD80724); the Bach Suites for Solo Cello (TEL3197802); the Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven, with Simone Dinnerstein (CD80740); Brahms’ two Cello Sonatas and song arrangements, with pianist Awadagin Pratt (TEL3266402); and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl (TEL3292702).
“This is a real, breathing performance excitingly caught on the wing and entirely devoid of flashy thrills and spills - I warm to its keen sincerity, unvarnished honesty and total lack of mannerism. Bailey, too, is such an articulate, selfless and communicative musician that no one could fail to derive pleasure from the finished article.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
“[Bailey's] account of the Elgar concerto is distinguished by the burnished tone he draws from the 1693 Matteo Gofriller instrument on which he plays...The heart is not worn on the sleeve in the way that one finds in the classic Du Pré/Barbirolli reading (review), though Bailey and Urbański are by no means cool...I was impressed by the playing of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra throughout this disc” MusicWeb International, April 2013
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From The New World'
A physical high-resolution Pure Audio format, using existing Blu-ray technology; no video content. It is intended for playback on any Blu-ray disc player, giving it an advantage over previous high-definition standards (such as SACD) which required specific hardware; navigated with the remote control of your Blu-ray player.
HD formats 2.1/5.1
DTS HD Master Audio
Dolby True HD
Sampling frequency: 96khz to 192khz
Dynamic range: 144 Decibels
Bit-rate: 21.5 Megabits/sec
NB: This product is audio-only: there are no images or video-content. It also requires a Blu-ray player and will not play on standard CD-players.
“Fricsay gives three performances of burning intensity. The Dvořák is very individual, varying from indulgently lyrical to fiery and intense. Smetana's famous symphonic poem contains the most dramatic waterfall I have ever heard and the Liszt is as portentous as it needs to be. The Berlin RSO play superbly and with great individuality.” MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014
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Valerie Milot: Aquarelles
A sensual and relaxing collection of popular music for harp, performed here by the superstar Canadian harpist, Valerie Milot.
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Arturo Toscanini in Venice 1949
The principal items were recorded on 3rd September 1949.The bonus in this collection is a recording of Toscanini in Lucerne on 7th July 1946, conducting the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. They perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Wagner’s Tanhäuser Overture and Bacchanale.
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Bruno Walter Conducts Music by Three Slavic Masters (1942, 1949)
The new DVD featuring the violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl captures one of his two unique open-air concerts at the Smetana Litomyšl festival with the Slovak Roma cimbalom band Romano Stilo that took place in the middle of June 2010 in the castle courtyard.
The concerts were truly extraordinary events for Pavel owing to the unusual repertoire and the special atmosphere both on the stage and among the audience.
While Pavel Šporcl regularly steps out from the domain of classical music to embrace zestfully other genres, Romano Stilo cannot be considered an orthodox cimbalom band either. In addition to Gypsy, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian folk music, they performed compositions by Pablo Sarasate, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian, as well as the film themes from Schindler’s List and The Fiddler on the Roof, all of them spiced with a soupçon of jazz... Pavel plays a repertoire that seems to be the natural domain of musicians with Gypsy blood with such mastery and abandon that one feels tempted to look into his family tree – and Romano Stilo are a wonderful partner to him. It was a true joy to be there – and this DVD affords you the unique opportunity to savour their splendid performance.
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Dvorak, Smetana and Martinu: Music for Piano Four Hands
Yong Hi Moon (piano), Dai Uk Lee (piano)