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Composer: Smetana, Bedřich (1824-1884)

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Year of birth1824
Year of death1884
NationalityCzech Republic
PeriodRomantic
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BrnoHappy Birthday, Maestro!

Bernstein, Smetana
Brno Philharmonic; Petr Fiala; Jan Mikušek; Leoš Svárovský; Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

GrafeneggBamberger Symphoniker in Grafenegg

Brahms, Smetana
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Nikolaj Znaider

PragueConcert for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia

Traditional, Smetana, Martinů, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Ivo Kahánek; Michael Kroutil

OxfordMusic from Czechoslovakia

Music from Czechoslovakia
Dvořák, Martinů, Suk, Smetana
Orchestra of St John's; John Lubbock

LondonCzech Roots

Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country)
London Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider
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Magnificent Pavel Kolesnikov outshines the CNSO

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov was at the heart and soul of a disappointing concert by the touring Czech orchestra.
**111
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Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana and more

Louis Lortie © Elias
BBC Philharmonic and Edward Gardner tackle Janáček’s Sinfonietta in a well-crafted programme of French and Czech music.
***11
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Raising Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
The effervescent conductor took six little-known Czech works into another ether: one in which the footprints are invisible.
*****
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Steinberg brings Bohemia’s woods and fields to Tokyo

© Pinchas Steinberg
Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, gives a performance of perhaps the most famous of Bedrich Smetana’s works, a romantic tribute to his motherland, Má vlast.
****1
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A crashing disappointment to open Prague Spring

The Vienna Philharmonic plays Má vlast © Ivan Malý
Big names brought a big sound but not much else to the traditional performance of Smetana's Má vlast.
**111
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