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Smetana: Bagatelles, Impromptus, Louisen Polka, Geroginen Polka / Jitka Ceehova, piano

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Bagatelles and Impromptus (8), for piano, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Galopp for piano in D major (juvenilia)
>Smetana, Bedrich : Galopp di bravoura, for piano in B flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Louisen-Polka (Louisina Polka), for piano in E flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Georginen-Polka (Dahlia Polka), for piano in D major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Erinnerung an Pilsen (Memories of Pilsen), polka for piano in E flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Aus dem Studentenleben (From the Student Life), polka for piano in C major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in E flat minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in B minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in A flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Mazurka-capriccio for piano in C sharp minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Duo sans mots (Duo beze slov, Duo without Words), for piano in E major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Waltzes (5) for piano, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Quadrille for piano in F major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Quadrille (Kadryla, Ctverylka) for piano in B flat major, JB 1
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Notes & Reviews:

The fifth CD of the complete piano works of Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) takes us back to the world of the composer's student years. (Smetana wrote all the featured - and surprisingly mature - pieces before he had reached the age of twenty. He introduces himself as a passionate dancer; the polkas, so typical of Smetana, as well as gallopades, waltzes and quadrilles, bear witness to the hectic social and musical life he led during his studies in Prague and Plzen, where he was a sought-after pianist and was able to intensively develop his talent. The first preserved composition is the Louisen Polka, followed by the Georginen Polka and Aus dem Studentenleben (From Student Life). The Three Impromptus (1841-42) and Bagatelles et Impromptus (1844) are the first attempts to create compositions of a more serious nature and reflect Smetana's inspiration by his musical idols (Chopin, Liszt, Schumann). Even though young and a self-taught pianist, these early works reveal Smetana as a singular and inspired composer. The dance-like vigor and simple tenderness of these miniatures are rendered by the energetic pianist Jitka Cechova with an admirable naturalness and grace.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011).



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>Smetana, Bedrich : Bagatelles and Impromptus (8), for piano, JB 1 :: 19
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Smetana, Bedrich : Galopp for piano in D major (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1831

>Smetana, Bedrich : Galopp di bravoura, for piano in B flat major, JB 1 :: 3
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Smetana, Bedrich : Louisen-Polka (Louisina Polka), for piano in E flat major, JB 1 :: 1
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Smetana, Bedrich : Georginen-Polka (Dahlia Polka), for piano in D major, JB 1 :: 2
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Smetana, Bedrich : Erinnerung an Pilsen (Memories of Pilsen), polka for piano in E flat major, JB 1 :: 17
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Smetana, Bedrich : Aus dem Studentenleben (From the Student Life), polka for piano in C major, JB 1 :: 9
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in E flat minor, JB 1 :: 4
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in B minor, JB 1 :: 5
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : Impromptu for piano in A flat major, JB 1 :: 6
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1841-1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : Mazurka-capriccio for piano in C sharp minor, JB 1 :: 15 (fragment, edited by Lowenbach)
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1844

>Smetana, Bedrich : Duo sans mots (Duo beze slov, Duo without Words), for piano in E major, JB 1 :: 13
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : Waltzes (5) for piano, JB 1 :: 18
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1844

>Smetana, Bedrich : Quadrille for piano in F major, JB 1 :: 16
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1843-1844

>Smetana, Bedrich : Quadrille (Kadryla, Ctverylka) for piano in B flat major, JB 1 :: 14
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (02/26/2011-02/28/2011); Martínek Studio, Prague (03/08/2011-03/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1843