℗ 2009 Chandos
 

Smetana: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2: Music from The Bartered Bride - The Two Widows - The Devil's Wall - Dalibor - Libuše - The Kiss - The Secret - The Brandenburgers in Bohemia

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

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Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride)  
1
Overture
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:26
2
Polka (Act I Finale)
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:20
3
Furiant
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:18
4
Skocna (Dance of the Comedians)
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:05
Tajemstvi (The Secret)  
5
Overture
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:31
Libuše  
6
Prelude
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
9:38
Čertova stěna (The Devil's Wall)  
7
Prelude
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:06
8
Infernal Dance
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:43
Braniboři v Čechách (The Brandenburgers in Bohemia)  
9
Prelude
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
0:48
10
Act I: Ballet
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:19
Hubička (The Kiss)  
11
Overture
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:50
Dalibor  
12
Entr'acte
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:05
Dvě vdovy (The Two Widows)  
13
Overture
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
7:01
14
Act II: Prelude
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:23
15
Act II: Polka
Bedřich Smetana; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
3:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:15
"They impart a real joyousness to this music and the recorded sound is up to Chandos’s usual high standards. I heartily welcome this disc ... a worthy addition to the Smetana discography."
- MusicWeb International

"Even the most familiar pages from The Bartered Bride … come up fresh as paint, the BBC Philharmonic's immaculate virtuosity as musicianly and refined as it is sparkling. Everything is permeated with a sense of Czech pride and ideals, a mood memorably captured by Noseda."
- Gramophone

This is the second release in a series of Smetana orchestral works from Gianandrea Noseda, performed with typical assurance by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The first volume was highly acclaimed; this programme is made up of the familiar Bartered Bride Overture and Dances with the overtures and ballets of his lesser known operas, including his first opera The Brandenburgers, The Kiss, his first collaboration with brilliant young librettist and poet Eliska Krasnohorska, as well as The Devil’s Wall, all of which demonstrate Smetana’s masterful orchestration, panache and virtuosity.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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