Kubelik really shines in performance with three composers: Dvorak, Mahler, and Smetana. It seems the affinity he shares for each of these composers runs deep within him. The way he handles Smetana with the Boston Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Symphony on these recordings is timeless and gives a special Czech feeling to these works. The other conductor in this set is James Levine who is a also a fine conductor and performs great with the Vienna Philharmonic, but it is Kubelik who steals the show here no question about it.
"Ma Vlast," which takes up the first disc has been digitally remastered using Deutsche Grammophon's "Original-Image-Bit-Processing," which according to DG adds presence, brilliance and greater spatial definition to the recording. I have read many bad reviews concerning this first disc's audio and I see no one but myself and another are aware of this release, because we are the only ones who have reviewed it so far. I'm sure, without question, that this 2008 release blows the original "remastered" release of "Ma Vlast" away. This is something to definitely consider when buying this. For those who have the original and don't want two copies, then sell the original and buy this one. You will be glad you did.
This set also contains some other Smetana orchestral works like "Richard III," "The Bartered Bride," etc., which are performed great.
If you're looking for a one-stop buy for Smetana, this is it. Not only are you getting his best works with the best conductor of this repertoire, but you're getting two discs for the price of one plus a newly remastered set that blows all other releases away.