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Work: Má vlast (My Fatherland)

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ComposerSmetana, Bedřich (1824-1884)
PeriodRomantic
Year1879
Work typeOrchestral
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MálagaSmetana, Mi patria

Smetana, *Mi patria*
Smetana: Má vlast (My Fatherland)
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga; Christoph König
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Barenboim opts for power in his Berlin Philharmonic Má vlast

Daniel Barenboim conducts Má vlast © Monika Rittershaus
Smetana's full cycle is still a rarity in the UK, so this Berlin Philharmonic stream was a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper in this Czech classic. 
***11
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Prom 2: Bohemian Rhapsody with the Bamberger Symphoniker

Jakub Hrůša © Chris Christodoulou
The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra bring a wonderfully bucolic programme of Czech music to The Proms.
****1
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From the Vltava to the Elbe: triumphant Bamberg in Hamburg

Albrecht Mayer © Harald Hoffmann
An outstanding account of Smetana's Ma vlást in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie was prefaced by Straussian oboe nostalgia courtesy of Albrecht Mayer. 
*****
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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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