Jaromír Weinberger’s »one-hit wonder« was definitely his opera Schwanda,
the Bagpiper. Two thousand performances of this opera were held within four
years, and it was translated into seventeen languages. Weinberger’s score
is rich in symphonic orchestral numbers that we now have brought together
on this CD. Already the virtuoso overture reveals between just what musical
extremes Weinberger found his unique place. Here Smetana and Max Reger
meet, and it was with Reger that Weinberger had studied in 1915/16. The
dances also convey Bohemian burlesque wit and late-romantic harmonic spice.
The two works following the excerpts from Schwanda were composed in 1929,
directly after the great boom of Weinberger’s opera success and in its
shadow. The six Bohemian Songs and Dances striking subtler musical tones
and the overture to the opera The Beloved Voice make us eager to learn what
is coming next.