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Smetana: Swedish Symphonic Poems

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Leoš Svárovský

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Richard III, Op. 11  
1
JB 1:70
Bedřich Smetana; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Leoš Svárovský
14:13
Valdštýnův tábor (Wallensteins Lager, Wallenstein's Camp), Op. 14  
2
Wallenstein's Camp, Op. 14, JB 1:72
Bedřich Smetana; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Leoš Svárovský
16:15
Hakon Jarl, Op. 16  
3
JB 1:79
Bedřich Smetana; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Leoš Svárovský
17:20
Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6, JB 1:59  
4
III. Scherzo
Bedřich Smetana; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Leoš Svárovský
10:37
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:25
The symphonic poems Smetana wrote during his stay in Sweden were composed during a pivotal time in his life. Financial prospects at first seemed better in Gothenberg than in his native country, while the dual influences of Berlioz and Liszt were informing the direction of his music. Richard III is not a programmatic drama, but focuses instead on the haunting scene before the Battle of Bosworth in Shakespeare’s play. Wallenstein’s Camp is symphonically structured, while Hakon Jarl dramatizes the life of the tyrannical Viking warrior with memorable flair. The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 1949 by the esteemed conductors Vaclav Talich and L’udovit Rajter. Since then, the orchestra has performed under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors.
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