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Smetana: Music from the Bartered Bride, etc / Gianandrea Noseda, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Tajemství (The Secret), opera, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Libuse
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Devil's Wall (Certova stena)
>Smetana, Bedrich : Branibori v Cecháach (The Brandenburgers in Bohemia), opera, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Overture to The Kiss (Hubicka)
>Smetana, Bedrich : Dalibor, B 133/T 96
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Two Widows (Dve vdovy)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first volume of this series was met with great critical acclaim. 'Gramophone', making the disc an 'Editor's Choice', commented: "This is a superb disc. There have been distinguished collections of Smetana's symphonic poems but none quite to compare with this in excitement, richness of detail, sonic spectacle - how well Smetana writes for the brass! Not to be missed." Now, in Volume 2, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a programme that includes the familiar Overture and Dances from 'The Bartered Bride' together with overtures and ballets from lesser-known operas.

Gramophone Magazine
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.

The Guardian
An extraordinary, implacable performance of the Libuse prelude makes the disc worth hearing.

BBC Music Magazine
... the lyrical tragedy Dalibor, a great hymn to friendship, is rarely performed outside his homeland, and even there, relatively few will ever see Libue, the story of Bohemia's legendary prophetess-queen, who married a humble ploughman. All the more valuable, therefore, is this sampler from the versatile Gianandrea Noseda, whose glossy, vibrant performances more than hint at what we're missing.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Brilliant, picturesque and nationalistic, all the music on this superb disc pays colourful tribute to 'the father of Bohemian music'. 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. However rapid and propulsive the tempo, nothing is pushed or over-driven.

The Polka's grandiose opening leads to music of a courtly charm, enough to set even the least susceptible heads nodding and feet tapping. The Furiant's catchy cross-rhythms lead to a suavely romantic melody and in the Overture to TheSecret there is a typical Smetana progression from sobriety to lightness and exultance.

The Prelude to Libue was written to celebrate the coronation of the Emperor Franz Josef. But even if Smetana was left in the lurch (the event never took place) his ceremonial fanfares carry all the importance of a promised state occasion.

The Entr'acte from Dalibor is a special delight, a magical dream-like interlude before a return in The Two Widows to hyperactivity. Everything is permeated with a sense of Czech pride and ideals, a mood memorably captured by Noseda.

Chandos's sound is exceptional.



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>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1 :: 100
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1 :: 100
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1 :: 100
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1 :: 100
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Smetana, Bedrich : Tajemství (The Secret), opera, JB 1 :: 110
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Smetana, Bedrich : Libuse :: 102
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1872

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Devil's Wall (Certova stena) :: 122
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1879-1882

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Devil's Wall (Certova stena) :: 122
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1879-1882

>Smetana, Bedrich : Branibori v Cecháach (The Brandenburgers in Bohemia), opera, JB 1 :: 87
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Smetana, Bedrich : Branibori v Cecháach (The Brandenburgers in Bohemia), opera, JB 1 :: 87
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Smetana, Bedrich : Overture to The Kiss (Hubicka) :: 104
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Smetana, Bedrich : Dalibor, B 133/T 96 :: 101
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1867-1870

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Two Widows (Dve vdovy) :: 108
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1877

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Two Widows (Dve vdovy) :: 108
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1877

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Two Widows (Dve vdovy) :: 108
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/04/2008-10/08/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1877