• SU40322 Katalognummer
  • 099925403225 EAN
  • 1CD Format
  • 2010 Utgivelsesr

Prague Philharmonia | Hrů | a, Jakub

Hrů | a, Jakub

Smetana, Bedrich

Prague Philharmonia




Bedřich Smetana

My Country. A Cycle of Symphonic Poems
1.         Vyšehrad (Lento. Largo maestoso - Grandioso - Allegro vivo ma non agitato - Lento ma non troppo - Largamente)     15:18
2.         Vltava (Moldau) (Allegro comodo, non agitato)     12:09
3.         Šárka (Allegro con fuoco, ma non agitato - Piu moderato assai - Moderato ma con calore - Adagio. Moderato - Molto vivo)     10:05
4.         From Bohemian fields and groves (Molto moderato - Allegro poco vivo, ma non troppo - Presto)     12:57
5.         Tábor (Lento - Molto vivace - Lento maestoso)     13:03
6.         Blaník (Allegro moderato - Andante non troppo - Piu allegro, ma non molto - Tempo di marcia - Largamente maestoso - Piu vivo)     15:24

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The most recent Supraphon recording of My Country dates back to the halcyon days of 1990. In the first year of freedom, at the euphoric opening concert of the Prague Spring festival the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by the 76-year-old Rafael Kubelík, who had just returned from exile. Twenty years on, the festival entrusted this honourable task to the 28-year-old conductor Jakub Hrůša, who emulated the legendary Václav Neumann in becoming the youngest conductor in history to open the festival. Hrůša, while respecting the time-honoured interpretational tradition, primarily focused on faithful and well-considered reading of the score. Owing to the legendary vigour, musical fidelity and sheer engagement of the Prague Philharmonia, those in attendance at Prague'sRudolfinum were witness to a truly remarkable and inspired performance of this symbol of Czech music. The more chamber-like configuration lets the fine planes ring out in an unusually transparent sound, so that the water nymphs really are water nymphs... By contrast, the extreme drama of Šárka resounds with a surprising power. As evidenced by the rapturous response to the concert, the conductor certainly succeeded in achieving his goal - retelling My Country in a manner that would make the audience feel as though they were hearing it for the first time.


    “Hrůša derides anything resembling pomposity in Má vlast interpretation, preferring instead relatively swift tempi (swifter sometimes than suggested in the score), transparent textures and colourfully varied dynamics.“
    Gramophone, January 2011

    “The trump card of this [performance], given at last year's Prague Spring Festival, is its superlative but modest orchestral line-up, showing you don't need big symphonic forces for the music's non-stop inspiration to make its mark. Hrůša's bombast-free conducting secures playing of poised grace besides vividness and panache.“ *****
    Classic FM, January 2011

    “[Hrusa] shows a most impressive grasp of the work's architec­ture…[He] has a fine sense of line and his players phrase most lyrically…sen­sitive, purposeful and obviously warm-hearted – all very welcome qualities in this music.“
    International Record Review, January 2011

    “Hruša builds towards that climax intelligently, and his shaping is always utterly natural, while in both Vltava and From Bohemia's Woods and Fields he…exploit[s] the transparency of the lighter body of strings to highlight much telling detail.“
    The Guardian, 14th October 2010

    “Part bucolic, part combative, always nationalistic, Bedrich Smetana’s Má Vlast cycle of symphonic poems needs Czech musicians to make the music fuse and fly. Captured live in concert, Hrusa’s Prague Philharmonia glory as much in the clamorous battle scenes as in the rippling waters of Vltava, the best-known segment.“
    The Times, 13th November 2010


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This album has received following awards: R 10 - disque indispensable - Classica repertoire (2008) BBC Radio 3, Record Review Building a Library - The Best Recording (2018) 


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