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Work: The Bartered Bride: overture

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ComposerSmetana, Bedřich (1824-1884)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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PragueSmetana, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Elena Stikhina

LondonProm 69: Smetana, Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky

Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Elena Stikhina

ExeterBSO: Caledonian Grandeur

BSO: Caledonian Grandeur
Smetana, Dvořák, Mendelssohn
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marta Gardolińska; Leonard Elschenbroich

BristolBSO: Caledonian Grandeur

BSO: Caledonian Grandeur
Smetana, Dvořák, Mendelssohn
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marta Gardolińska; Leonard Elschenbroich

SalisburyBSO: Caledonian Grandeur

BSO: Caledonian Grandeur
Smetana, Dvořák, Mendelssohn
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marta Gardolińska; Leonard Elschenbroich
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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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Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Chicago appearance with music director Franz Welser-Möst offered symphonies of Beethoven and Sibelius in performances that exuded both precision and beauty.
****1
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Christoph von Dohnányi's return to Cleveland

Christoph von Dohnányi © Fotostudio Heinrich
Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture set the stage for an intriguing new concerto by Richard Sortomme for two violas, followed by Schubert’s “Great” C major symphony.
****1
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China goes to the movies: The Dream of the Red Chamber at the Budapest Spring Festival

Gyula Fekete's concerto based on themes from Chinese TV headlines a mixed programme at a concert which didn't succeed in everything but was generously filled with melody throughout.
***11
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Unexpected insights and fresh perspectives

Unexpected insights and fresh perspectives from period instrument performances by the OAE and Fischer of Smetana, Brahms and Dvořák forced the audience to listen to in a new way.
***11
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