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Smetana:Ma Vlast [Bamberger Symphoniker, Jakub Hra] [TUDOR:TUD7196]

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  • Conductor: Jakub Hra
  • Composer: Bedich Smetana
  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2016)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Tudor
  • ASIN: B01IG8C6VS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,534 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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RECORDING OF THE MONTH . A very fine achievement. MusicWeb,Jan'17 /// The result is straightforward, frill-free playing, with a keen ear for phrasing and detail. Recommended. --Gramophone, Feb '17

I've only ever heard bits of Smetana's Má Vlast live in splendid isolation. Which would be intensely frustrating for Jakub Hrusa, who explains in a booklet interview exactly why these six symphonic poems have to be performed together, in sequence: My aim is to convince every promoter not to combine it with other pieces, not to interrupt it with an interval. He's keen to highlight the musical and thematic links between the different sections, in what proves to be a magnificently expansive performance. No one complains about 100 minutes of Mahler 3, so why not Má Vlast? In Hrusa's hands it just exceeds the 80-minute mark, but nothing feels rushed, Hrusa acknowledging that having a refulgent Bamberger Symphoniker at his disposal allows him to present the work as something rooted in the European tradition, not just a piece of Czech whimsy. So much sounds freshy-minted here. My ears pricked up during Vysehrad's knotty fugal writing, here bristling with energy and purpose. Diaphanous strings and soft winds turn the Wagnerian idyll at the heart of Vltava into something quite magical, and the Bamberg brass give árka enormous punch. Bohemia's fields and meadows sound bucolic, and Hrusa achieves wonders with the underrated fifth and sixth sections. The return of the Vysehrad theme at the close of Blaník is a thrilling coup de théâtre, sounding both surprising and inevitable. An exceptional disc, glowingly recorded. I can't imagine a better introduction to this iconic work. --ArtsDesk,Feb'17

Jakub Hrusa has an enviable reputation in Czech repertoire and his reading of My Country has great merit. Performance **** Recording **** /// A very fine recording and performance of a Czech masterpiece. --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'17 /// Music Web, Mar'17

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3.0 out of 5 starsNot yet a great Ma Vlast from Hrusa
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3.0 out of 5 starsWhy do they keep recording Hrusa? He's such a boring conductor.
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