Bedrich Smetana Moldau

Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

Roberto Plano - Bedřich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94788 | Time: 01:16:39

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey.
Bedrich Smetana - »Ma Vlast« (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaclav Smetacek) - 1984

Bedřich Smetana - MÁ VLAST (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Václav Smetáček) - 1984
Classical | EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1CD, 384 MB
Label: Denon for Supraphon | Catalog Number: 38C37-7241 | TT: 73'53''

In many ways Ma Vlast seems like a problematic work. It is full of patriotism and conductors often choose to exploit its grandeur. Such approaches bring a risk of heaviness. Nikolaus Harnoncourt managed to employ slow tempi and achieve a deeper look without a trace of ponderousness, but his feat was remarkable and difficult to emulate. (Harnoncourt takes 83 minutes compared to 73 for Smetacek, a huge difference.) So Smetacek's decision to go for abandon and delight seems wise. The Czech Phil adds volumes to the treat, with a warm, juicy tone that is almost as enjoyable in this repertoire as the Vienna Phil. In addition, Supraphon's sound is splendid, about as good as early digital gets.
Bedrich Smetana - "Ma Vlast" (NHK Symphony Orchestra - Lovro von Matacic) - 2004

Bedřich Smetana - MÁ VLAST (NHK Symphony Orchestra - Lovro von Matačić) - 2004
Classical | EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1CD, 417 MB
Label: Altus | Catalog Number: ALT092 | TT: 78'40''

Among music lovers Croatian conductor Lovro von Matačić is mostly known as a great Bruckner exegete. However he was a champion in the Eastern Europe music too. His repertoire included symphonic and opera compositions by Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Korte, Smetana etc.

Bedrich Smetana - Piano Works Vol. 5 (2011)  

Posted by d'Avignon at Dec. 30, 2011
Bedrich Smetana - Piano Works Vol. 5 (2011)

Bedrich Smetana - Piano Works Vol. 5 (2011)
Classical/Romantic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 1h18m | 212mb
Label: Supraphon | cat. no. SU 3845-2

Bedrich Smetana – Piano Works Vol. 4 (2009)  

Posted by d'Avignon at Dec. 30, 2011
Bedrich Smetana – Piano Works Vol. 4 (2009)

Bedrich Smetana – Piano Works Vol. 4 (2009)
Classical/Romantic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 1h07m | 177mb
Label: Supraphon | cat. no. SU 3844-2
Karajan & Wiener Philharmoniker - Dvorak: Symphonie No.9; Smetana: Moldau (1985)

Karajan & Wiener Philharmoniker - Dvorak: Symphonie No.9; Smetana: Moldau (1985)
EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 227 MB | no scans
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 55:12

A great combination of the great composers. Dvorak's 9th Symphony also known as "From the New World" and Smetana's "Moldau" from his series "My Motherland". The cover above is from the 1993 remastered edition but the rip source is the original 1985 disc.
Karel Ancerl - Gold Edition: Volume I : Bedrich Smetana - My Country

Karel Ancerl - Gold Edition: Volume I : Bedrich Smetana - My Country
Classical | Instrumental | Ape lossless | Easy CD-DA Extractor | covers | booklet | No log | No cue | 320Mb + 11Mb
Czech Philharmony - Karel Ancerl | Recording: 1964 | Release: 2002 | Label: Supraphon
Czech: Ančerl Gold Edition 1 Smetana, B. Má vlast | ČF | Karel Ančerl

Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (Kubelik, 1990 recording)  

Posted by wursthans at May 20, 2009
Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (Kubelik, 1990 recording)

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (1990)
Genre: Symphonic Poem | 1 CD | EAC & FLAC (CUE+LOG) | Complete Covers & PDF | 430 MB
1990 recording & 2002 release | Publisher: Supraphon SU 11 1208-2 031
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Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Harnoncourt)  

Posted by Ignazio Favagrossa at Nov. 25, 2008
Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Harnoncourt)

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Harnoncourt)
2 CD | APE+CUE | Covers | 351Mb

I've loved this work by Smetana for many decades now, particularly in recordings by Kubelik and Ancerl. I was first drawn by the music in Die Moldau and then introduced to the other pieces over time. When I first heard this recording by Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic, I was struck by how well Harnoncourt's interpretation tied the various tone poems together into a coherent whole. I was truly impressed by the freshness of the interpretation. Subsequent listenings have only deepened my appreciation for Harnoncourt's vision for this work.(…) (Amazon)

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Repost)  

Posted by Ignazio Favagrossa at Nov. 25, 2008
Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Repost)

Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast (Repost)
1 CD | Single FLACs | COVERS | 424Mb

This CD preserves a remarkable concert that marked the return of Rafael Kubelik to Czechoslovakia after an absence of 41 years. The conductor was in ill health, and had been some time. In fact, just after he returned to his native land in 1989, Maestro Kubelik fell seriously ill and it seemed that would die. But he miraculously recovered and conducted this concert on May 12, 1990.