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  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Composer: Bedrich Smetana
  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GEN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)James Levine15:39£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 2. Vltava (The Moldau)James Levine12:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 3. SarkaJames Levine 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests)James Levine12:15£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 5. TáborJames Levine12:29£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) - 6. BlanikJames Levine14:24£1.89  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2009
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This is a magnificent and glowing performance of Ma Vlast played with Wagnerian grandeur and sense of drama. It might lack earthy quality of Kubelik, but VPO plays with much vigour, sensitivity and glorious string sound. Beautifully recorded too.
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Levine is quite an efficient musician - be it in the opera pit, in the concert hall or as a pianist. Occasionally he may leave something to be desired when he counts on a second-rate ensemble as the Met Orchestra, but when he disposes of such wondrous orchestras as the Berliners and the Vienna Philharmonic he can indeed be great. This "Ma Vlast" is a good example. The Vienna Philharmonic give their best for him. Levine's Moldau has all the Viennese nostalgia, the Bohemian fantasy and the scintillating playing this great symphonic poem requires. The "Nymphenreigen" ("Moldau") glows with unheard-of pictorial splendour and transparency. Not even Kubelik at his best has reached such delicacy and arresting beauty. The whole cycle has, as expected, a touch of Wagnerian grandeur, but I must say it suits quite well this music. First-rate, realistic recording. My only regret is the lack of a certain singing, breathing quality in the enunciation of the "Moldau"'s theme.
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By Malcolm Howard on 6 Dec. 2013
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A bad, very fuzzy recording. It improves as it goes long but sounds like an old record at the beginning
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RECARD N on 10 Mar. 2012
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I have heard several versions of Ma Vlast, Smetana, and that of James Levine and the Wiener Philharmoniker is by far the best. It has great strength and invites you to listen again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Maybe The Best Digital Recording Of Ma Vlast, But... 17 Dec. 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic joined forces back in the 1980's to create one of the best recorded versions of Smetana's "Ma Vlast" tone poem cycle. These are fine performances, noted for the warm, vibrant playing of the winds, strings and horns. Unfortunately, this performance isn't nearly as vibrant as any I've heard from Kubelik or Mackerras. Still, if you're most interested in sound quality, then this might be the version to acquire. Certainly Deutsche Grammophon's sound engineers did a splendid job recording this performance.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Ma Vlast that stretches far beyond mediocority 13 Jan. 2001
By Yi-Peng - Published on Amazon.com
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James Levine's viennese recording of Smetana's famed masterpiece is one of the best performances of the work around today. With clear, full-bodied digital recording and ripe, rich and opulent playing from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it presents a performance that is as comporable to Kubelik as any other. Despite Levine's roots in the theatre (Metropolitan Opera), he manages to grasp a clear sense of drama in the work, and while some might argue that he is mainly concerned with orchestral effect for its own sake, he certainly does not do this but presents every minute detail in this musical kaliedascopic picture.
The opening harp passage in "Vysherad" sets the tone of the cycle admirably, and in the ensuing moments, one can feel the scene springing forth to life. The various aspects associated with this castle and fortress are vividly brought out, with a sense of elegaic nostalgia at the close of the work. "Moldau (Vltava)" follows hot on the heels of the end of "Vysherad," and there is a sweeping magic in this movement than in any other. The streamlets flow freely into the river, and the scenes of hunting, wedding, nymphs and rapids are brought out admirably. The flutes are crisply articulated, and the warmth of the playing is particularly telling. Sarka, one of the least well-known in the cycle, is given a thrilling performance, and Levine's sense of drama surfaces here perfectly. However, the music takes a lyrical turn with From Bohemia's Woods and Fields. Here, Levine manages to observe every minute detail in presenting this music, and the sounds of nature are nicely evoked. There is also a sense of joy in the proceedings. In the last two movements, Levine is at his very best. Tension is just at the right level, and there is also room for hushed intensity in the softer passages. It also seems as if you are hearing the music with new ears.
Overall, if there was a digital Ma Vlast you would like to buy apart from Kubelik's, you can certainly feel just content with Levine's supertlative Viennese performance. However, I would rather recommend that you buy it in tandem with his equally outstanding DG Dresden disc of Dvorak symphonies (including the famed New World) which I hope will be reissued by DG on a 2-CD set or on their Galleria label, along with this recording. This is an impressive recording, and I hope that DG will record more of this partnership, including Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Definitely one of the best Ma Vlast recordings 17 July 1999
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This recording of Ma Vlast is one of the best intrepretations of the work I have ever heard. From the opening rush of notes on the harp that introduces "Vysherad" to the exhilorating climax of "Blanik" Levine is in utter control of this material. The tempi is very well-chosen and the Viennese players respond excellently to him. Never has a recorded version of this work kept a listener spellbound since Kubelik. Not forgetting the recorded sound, which is from DG's top drawer. If there was only one recording of Ma Vlast that a listener could choose, this is what I would recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ma Vlast in Wagnerian grandeur 6 Oct. 2009
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a magnificent and glowing performance of Ma Vlast played with Wagnerian grandeur and sense of drama. It might lack earthy quality of Kubelik, but VPO plays with much vigour, sensitivity and glorious string sound. Beautifully recorded too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Smetana: Ma Vlast 14 July 2012
By Katy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A new piece to me, not because it has not been around, but because I simply was not aware of it. I always love getting a 'new' piece of music and have really enjoyed knowing how Smetana and Dvorak were so similar using their Czech backgrounds.
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