This is absolutely surprising recording. I would never expect from chamber orchestra such gorgeous sound and interpretation of this large scale orchestra work. And still, there is lot of rubato, tenderness, kind of improvisation, each detail is heard and well played. Jakub Hrusa has done great job, it is really one of the best and most rewarding versions and it is much to say. It should not be the only one version one owns, but if one likes Smetana and Ma vlast, it is inevitable to get this one. Together with Talich, Ancerl, Neumann and Kubelik :-)! I would not dare to say which one is best or that one is better then other, because Ma vlast is that kind of work where the influence of conductor is very significant and it can completely change the "face" of the music and conductors named few seconds ago were all very special and each one conducted Ma vlast in very special way, so it is impossible to choose just one, but Hrusa belongs to the top. One more remark - I was quite doubtful, Ma vlast with so small orchestra and so young conductor?! I even hesitated to listen, but it is FANTASTIC! And it is even one of the longest versions, I like slow versions :-)!