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Composer: Smetana, Bedřich (1824-1884)

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NorthamptonMark Bebbington performs Chopin

Mark Bebbington performs Chopin
Smetana, Chopin, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Buribayev; Mark Bebbington

LondonFederico Colli performs Rachmaninov

© Simon van Boxtel
Smetana, Rachmaninov, Dvořák
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Buribayev; Federico Colli

CrawleyMark Bebbington performs Chopin

Mark Bebbington performs Chopin
Smetana, Chopin, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Buribayev; Mark Bebbington

GothenburgThe Musical Gothenburg with Trio Poseidon

Stenhammar, Andrée, af Malmborg Ward, Smetana
Trio Poseidon

GlasgowPintscher Conducts Dvořák

Pintscher Conducts Dvořák
Smetana, Chopin, Dvořák
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher; David Kadouch
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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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Geographical and astrological surveys from the Philharmonia

Santtu-Mathias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
A disappointing extract from Smetana's Má vlast was redeemed by a refreshingly clear performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto and a characterful account of Holst's The Planets.
***11
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