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Smetana: Polkas

Andras Schiff Audio CD
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András Schiff emerged in the last decades of the 20th century as one of the most respected pianists of his generation. He began piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász, and made his debut at the age of nine. At 14 Schiff began formal studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Later he studied ... Read more in Amazon's Andras Schiff Store

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  • Composer: Bedrich Smetana
  • Audio CD (8 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00001SICQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Three Salon Polkas Op. 7: No. 1: Allegro comodo In F Sharp Major
2. Three Salon Polkas Op. 7: No. 2: Moderato molto In F Minor
3. Three Salon Polkas Op. 7: No. 3: Allegretto ma non troppo In A Flat Major
4. Three Poetic Polkas Op. 8: No. 1: Vivo In E Flat Major
5. Three Poetic Polkas Op. 8: No. 2: Meno allegro In G Minor
6. Three Poetic Polkas Op. 8: No. 3: Allegro In A Flat Major
7. Polka In F Minor
8. Polka In A Major
9. Memories Of Bohemia In The Form Of Polkas Op. 12: No. 1: Molto moderato In A Minor
10. Memories Of Bohemia In The Form Of Polkas Op. 12: No. 2: Moderato In E Minor
11. Polka In E Major
12. Polka In G Minor
13. Memories Of Bohemia In The Form Of Polkas Op. 13: No. 1: Moderato In E Minor
14. Memories Of Bohemia In The Form Of Polkas Op. 13: No. 2: Allegro, tempo rubato In E Flat Major

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These charming polkas are dusted off and given a charming performance by Andras Schiff. Salon music at its most enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schiff playing Smetana's Polkas is my new favorite CD! 1 Nov 1999
By Jim Culbertson - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't be put off by "polkas." Smetana does for the polka what Chopin did for the mazurka. Besides, Smetana writes Bohemian polkas which is definitely not the kind of music the Polka King plays. Schiff's playing is, as usual, both translucent and luminous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Ethnic Art... 22 July 2007
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The brilliant Hungarian pianist András Schiff does a fine job with this nice ethnic art. As someone has mentioned, these Polkas are similar in ethos to Chopin's Mazurkas: taken from its central-eastern European folk-roots origin, and made into an higher art-form.

Other complaints concerning Schiff's readings here as compaired with Walter Klien ( Smetana: Polkas ) are questionable. I have both readings; both readings are fine. It's simply a question of individual artistic vision: embrace it.

Nice Brueghel-ish cover art, too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 4 May 2005
By R. Pohl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not bad... Interesting phrasing and free rhytm - perhaps too much. But the best Smetana's player of today is Antonin Kubalek. Try his Czech Dances and Memories of Bohemia and you'll see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars POKING AROUND THE POLKAS 14 Nov 2000
By Melvyn M. Sobel - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been really enthused when first seeing this new (and different) release by Schiff, and thus bought it, relenting my usual financial caution. Why? Because (1) renditions of the Polkas are as scarce as the proverbial hen's tooth; and (2) since my initial contact with these tuneful Smetana dances, played by Radislav Kvapil on an old Musical Heritage Society LP, which I still own, I have adored them. I know these pieces by heart and so it pains me to say that Schiff's playing is completely affected, postured and, when neither of these, strictly "by the book." Repeated listenings confirmed my worst fears. A whole lot of insufferable poking going on! And pulling. And diddling with dynamics (when there shouldn't be any diddling). Because there aren't a great many collections of Smetana's Polkas available on CD (especially with these particular opus numbers), it's all regretfully problematic.

Newcomers to Smetana's Polkas will unlikely find fault with Schiff's playing, and may in fact think that this is the way the dances should sound. There's the rub.

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