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Fibich: Symphony No. 2 [Mark tilec, Irvin Veny] [Naxos: 8573157]

Irvin Veny , Czech National Symphony Orchestra , Zedenk Fibich , Mark tilec Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Mark tilec
  • Composer: Zedenk Fibich
  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00GK8P1A0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 38 - Czech National Symphony Orchestra
2. At Twilight, Op 39 - Czech National Symphony Orchestra
3. Selanka Clarinet Idyll, Op 16 - Czech National Symphony Orchestra

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Zdenk Fibich was one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the nineteenth century, after his Czech predecessor, Smetana, and near contemporary, Dvoák. His Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School (and particularly Dvoák) as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Most of the main themes derive from some of his own piano pieces but they are integrated and developed in masterly fashion. At Twilight is a lusciously scored orchestral piece, whilst the Idyll is gently melancholic.

Marek tilec works with Czech Television and Czech Radio and his recordings have also been broadcast by the BBC.

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Symphonie n°2 - At Twilight, op.39 - Selanka, op.16 / Irvin Venys, clarinette - Czech National Symphony Orchestra - Marek Stilec, direction

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par performances 8 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
I am afraid that the performances on this disc are not of the normal high standard that Naxos normally produces. The orchestra's performance is ragged and undisciplined; the conductor is unable to balance the contributions between the sections either for effect or for consistency. It is the standard of a good amateur orchestra and not of a professional ensemble.

The music itself is pleasant but undistinguished -- and probably of interest mostly to those with a deep interest in Czech music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting rare works 15 Feb 2014
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Interesting rare works but not the greatest of Fibich's work apart from At Twilight which is beautiful.Also the Clarinet Idyll.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Near contemporary of Dvořák finds a young champion in conductor Marek Štilec 15 Mar 2014
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I first took notice of the symphonies of Fibich when I saw a 2-disc set of his three symphonies performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Neeme Jarvi. The bits of the first symphony which I sampled didn’t grab my attention, so I moved on. Now, the Naxos label is releasing a set of the complete orchestral works of Zdeněk Fibich, a Czech composer and near contemporary of Dvořák and Smetana. The works are performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and young conductor Marek Štilec has been doing quite a bit of research on Fibich’s scores.

Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900) has been overshadowed by his more well-known composer countrymen, somewhat unfairly. While I’m still not convinced that these are some of the greatest Czech symphonic works I’ve ever heard, I do hear similarities to Dvořák’s earlier symphonic works. The four-movement Symphony No. 2 is unobtrusive but entertaining, from its nationalistic horns at the beginning of the first movement (I also sensed a bit of a nod to Wagner), to its energetic conclusion. At about 40 minutes, it is the highlighted work on this second disc of Naxos’ collection. The two filler works, At Twilight (a symphonic poem for orchestra) and Selanka (an idyll for clarinet and orchestra) are light and relaxing.
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