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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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 Offer 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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 Offer Czech Piano Trios

The Florestan Trio

The Florestan are particularly successful in the two 20th-century trios. The brief Adagio of the Martinu is remarkably moving. If anything, the Eben is more impressive with the players completely... More…

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 Offer 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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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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Notwithstanding the essential simplicity of their form, Smetana imbues [the Czech Dances] with considerable sophistication. The first has a musing, reflective quality captured beautifully by... More…

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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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 Offer Smetana: Má Vlast

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis's Dvorák is famous, his Smetana just as deeply felt; some of the speeds are on the broad side (especially in Vltava) yet there's a warmth and generous flexibility that works particularly... More…

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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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 Offer 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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