Zdenek Fibich: Symphony No. 1; Impressions from the Countryside / Czech Nat'l SO, Stilec

> Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 17 - I. Allegro moderato
> Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 17 - II. Scherzo: Allegro assai
> Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 17 - III. Adagio non troppo (alla romanza)
> Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 17 - IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco e vivace
> Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 - I. Moonlit Night (Mesicna noc)
> Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 - II. Country Dance (Sousedska)
> Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 - III. Highlands Ho (Vzhuru)
> Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 - IV. Fireside Talk (Na tackach)
> Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 - V. Village Dance (Tanec v zeleni)

Album Summary

>Fibich, Zdenek : Symphony no 1 in F major, Op. 17
>Fibich, Zdenek : Impressions from the Countryside, for orchestra, Op. 54
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Zdenek Fibich's career overlapped those of his countrymen Smetana and Dvorak, but his music remained poised between the twin poles of Czech Nationalism and the New German School. His earliest surviving symphony is No. 1 in F major, Op. 17, completed in Prague in 1883. Whilst it is the most conventional of his three symphonies it is excellently proportioned and reveals the influence of Schumann on his developing art. Impressions from the Countryside, Op. 54 is, in effect, a symphonic suite and was highly influential on the younger generation of Czech composers.

The Guardian, 11th April 2013
The two works here, however, are relentlessly optimistic and unmistakably rooted in Czech folk idioms...Impressions from the Countryside is effectively a dance suite of immense charm. The only flaw in both is a tendency to over-repetition in their finales. Marek ètilec conducts performances that could do with more panache and swagger.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Do you like Dvorak? Then you'll like Fibich. If you're just starting out with Fibich, this is a good choice; I'm hoping there will be more to come.

MusicWeb International, 10th July 2013
ètilec and his band play here with a hugely attractive "rustic" tone that is entirely appropriate to these scores...Within just a few moments, the CNSO's deliciously fruity woodwinds have transported us magically away into the Bohemian countryside...the engineering team of Vßclav Roubal and Karek Soukenfk has done a superb job of keeping the sound crystal clear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CNSO Studio No. 1 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (02/06/2012-02/07/2012).



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Works Details

>Fibich, Zdenek : Symphony no 1 in F major, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studio No. 1 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (02/06/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Fibich, Zdenek : Impressions from the Countryside, for orchestra, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Notes: CNSO Studio No. 1 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (02/06/2012-02/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic