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The PHQ understand absolutely the plasticity of Smetana’s vision and convey it unerringly, unshrinkingly – and in some ways even more convincingly than the Talich, which is saying something.... More…

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012

Maria João Pires (piano), Martha Argerich (piano), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Lily Maisky (piano), Sascha Maisky (violin), Lyda Chen (viola), Mischa Maisky (cello), Nicholas Angelich (piano), Polina Leschenko (piano), Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nathan Braude (viola), Torleif Thedéen (cello), Nelson Goerner...

Several of the ensembles could have benefited from more sustained period of rehearsal, yet they still communicate vibrancy and the sheer enjoyment possible when fine musicians get together to... More…

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Smetana: Má Vlast

In memoriam Jiří Bělohlávek

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

Bělohlávek clearly knew that Smetana, far from being a cheap purveyor of catchy melodies and moment-to-moment thrills, was a sure-footed musical architect, and this recording pays the long game…It... More…

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Smetana: Dalibor

Ivan Kusnjer (King Vladislav), Richard Samek (Dalibor, a Knight), Aleš Vorácek (Vitek, Dalibor’s messenger), Dana Burašová (Milada, sister of the Burgrave of Ploskovice), Alžbeta Polácková (Jitka, a country girl), Jan Stava (Benes, a jailor), Svatopluk Sem (Budivoj, commander of the king’s castle...

Belohlávek creates a proper sense of the numinous from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, above all in the solos of leader, harpist and two horns, exquisitely haloed. Belohlávek leaves us in no doubt... More…

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Vaclav Talich Live 1939

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Talich

It is not hard to imagine what music portraying such a story meant to the oppressed people at that concert in 1939 and after having already burst into wild applause at the end of each poem the... More…

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 New Fiedler Encores

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

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There is much to admire here from the excellent Jerusalem Quartet. In Smetana's First Quartet there is the fine opening viola melody...The slow movements of the Janacek quartets are also carefully... More…

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Smetana: Má Vlast

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit

This new Naxos offering enshrines an interpretation of no mean stature and individuality: an undoubted bargain, I would say. More…

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 New Smetana: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Natalia Milstein (piano)

Pražák Quartet

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Mariusz Kwiecien: Slavic Heroes

Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz

[His signature roles] suggest a certain dashing Italianate quality that's refelcted in his voice: lighter, less rich and chocolatey than some Slavic rivals, for example Dmitri Hvorostovsky. But... More…

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