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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 8: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Liszt, Smetana (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 8: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Liszt, Smetana (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 8: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Liszt, Smetana (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.29 Gb | Total time: 03:55:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

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Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 58:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD 250 128 | Recorded: 1998-1999

Classical in its respect for established forms, romantic in its clearly autobiographical nature, the chamber music by the composer of The Bartered Bride is not plentiful, especially when compared with the output of his younger, immediate successor, Antonfn Dvoiik, who returned to the string quaner form rhroughout his creative life, producing fifteen between 1862 and 1895. Well removed from absolute music - as would be Leoš Janáček's after him -, Smetana's surviving chamber catalogue consists of only four works that make up a rare case of psychological programme music. The Piano Trio(1855) already represented a sort of tombeau for the small daughter he had recently lost to scarlet fever.

Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

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Roberto Plano - Bedrich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

Roberto Plano - Bedřich Smetana: Piano Music, Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:16:39
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94788

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey.

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Lucia Popp, Siegfried Jerusalem - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodaná nevěsta] (2007/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 155 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This Bartered Bride ’s acting and singing is generally of a high level. Lucia Popp was caught at a perfect time for this role. She’d gradually been developing her voice into a larger, more dramatic instrument, and here displays a lyric’s warmth with the power of a spinto. She clearly enjoys the challenge of the only serious aria in the entire work (in act III; performed in German as “Wie fremd und tot”), providing many fine interpretative points and a great deal of tonal variety. The audience goes wild, as well they might.

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor - Smetana: Ma vlast (2010)

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Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor - Smetana: Ma vlast (2010)

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor - Smetana: Ma vlast (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:58 | 378 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 1805

Widely regarded as Bedrich Smetana's greatest hit, The Moldau is but one part of the orchestral cycle Má Vlast (My Country), which contains six tone poems on different Czech nationalist subjects. Smetana composed these epic works in the manner of Franz Liszt's tone poems, evoking dramatic images through colorful orchestration and painting natural and historical scenes through themes and harmonies of a pronounced Bohemian character. One might suppose that only a Czech orchestra could play this music with the proper intensity, but the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, under Claus Peter Flor, gives a stirring account that can rival any performance anywhere for energy, passion, and atmosphere.

Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

Valery Gergiev, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 131 min | 7,87 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.

Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)

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Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)

Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:14 | 431 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: The Wigmore Hall Trust | Catalog: WHLive0019

Like so many upstart ensembles to come out of Eastern Europe, the Skampa Quartet found its beginnings while the members were students – in this case, at the Prague Academy in 1989. Only four short years later, the group gave its debut performance at London's Wigmore Hall and became the hall's artists-in-residence for the following five years. Its captivating energy and rapport with audience is frequently cited among its strengths. Whether this particular performance represents an off night for the quartet, or whether the performance really loses something when not viewed live is anyone's guess, but this live 2006 recording does not live up to its Wigmore Hall accolades.

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, RIAS Chamber Chorus - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30015 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 131 min | 31,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.