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Dreams: Kathryn Stott plays Smetana

Kathryn Stott

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Sny (Dreams)  
1.1
Faded Happiness (Zaniklé štˇestí)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:49
1.2
Consolation (Útˇecha)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:48
1.3
In Bohemia – a country tale (V Cˇechách: vesnický výjev)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:49
1.4
In the Salon (V salonˇe)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:22
1.5
By the Castle (Prˇed hradem)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
5:54
1.6
Celebration of Czech country folk (Slavnost cˇeských venkovanu ̊)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:59
1.7
The Curious One (Zveˇdavý)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
4:52
1.8
Concert Étude in C major
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
6:21
1.9
On the Sea Shore – a memory (Na brˇehu morˇském – vzpomínka)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
5:47
1.10
Fantasia on Czech Folksongs (Fantasie na cˇeské národní písnˇe)
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
9:35
Czech Dances, Book 1  
1.11
Polka in F Sharp minor
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
2:50
1.12
Polka in A Minor
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
2:54
Czech Dances, Book 2  
1.13
Hulán
Bedrich Smetana; Kathryn Stott
5:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:56
“Stott shows how much Smetana owed to Liszt. The Hungarian’s shadow lies over other works on the Chandos disc, the splendid Concert Study in C and transcription of Schubert’s Der Neugierge not least. Another pearl in Stott’s programme is the knockabout Fantasy on national songs.”
- Gramophone

“Stott also overtly emphasises Smetana’s debt to Chopin in her playing, which is wonderfully reflective and subtle, above all in Dreams, and in the exquisite On the Sea Shore, written in 1861, shortly after Smetana’s return to Prague from Sweden.”
- The Guardian

“Stott’s approach is more measured, and more poetic. In her hands , the showers of notes garlanding the melody in On the Seashore have irresistible beauty, while the Czech dance entitled ‘Hulan’ (‘Lancer’) has an extraordinary tenderness.”
- BBC Music Magazine

A central figure in the development of nationalism in 19th-century Czech art music, Smetana had a particular affinity for the piano, and this release from Kathryn Stott presents piano works primarily from the latter part of the composer's career, including the Lisztian Faded Happiness (Zaniklé štˇestí), the beautiful cycle Sny (Dreams), and several charming Czech Dances.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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