Notes & Reviews:
The most recent Supraphon recording of My Country dates back to the halcyon days of 1990. In the first year of freedom, at the euphoric opening concert of the Prague Spring festival, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by the 76-year-old Rafael Kubelik, who had just returned from exile. Twenty years later, the festival entrusted this honourable task to the 28-year-old conductor Jakub Hrua, who emulated the legendary Václav Neumann in becoming the youngest conductor in history to open the festival. Hrua, while respecting the time-honoured interpretational tradition, primarily focused on a faithful and well-considered reading of the score. Owing to the legendary vigour, musical fidelity and sheer engagement of the Prague Philharmonia, those in attendance at Prague's Rudolfinum were witness to a truly remarkable and inspired performance of this symbol of Czech music. The more chamber-like configuration lets the fine sonorities ring out in an unusually transparent sound, so that suggested images become real. By contrast, the extreme drama of Sárka resounds with surprising power. As evidenced by the rapturous response to the concert, the conductor certainly succeeded in achieving his goal - retelling My Country in a manner that would make the audience feel as though they were hearing it for the first time.
Recorded live at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, May 13-14 2010.
Recording information: 65th Prague Spring International Music Festival, Rudolf (05/13/2010-05/14/2010).
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Works DetailsSmetana, Bedrich : Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1 :: 112
- Conductor: Jakub Hrusa
- Notes: 65th Prague Spring International Music Festival, Rudolfinum (05/13/2010-05/14/2010)
- Running Time: 78 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: circa 1872-1879