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Smetana: Piano Music - Album Leaves and Sketches / Roberto Plano

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Andante for piano in E flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Pensée fugitive, for piano in D minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaves (6) for piano, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaves (3) for piano, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Skizzen (Sketches) (4) for piano, Book 1, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Skizzen (Sketches) (4) for piano, Book 2, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Allegro ma non troppo) for piano in B flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in B minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Toccatina (Album Leaf) for piano in B flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in G major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in E flat minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in B flat minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Moderato) for piano in B major ("For Katerine Kolárová"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Allegro) for piano in A flat major ("For Alzbete Felicii Thunové"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Agitato) for piano in E major ("For Josefine Finkeové"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Jeanu Kunzovi"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Lento) for piano in E flat minor ("For Václavu Ulverovi"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Marii Prokschové"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Andante for piano in F minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Romance for piano in G minor, JB 1
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Notes & Reviews:

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey. As Plano himself remarks in the booklet notes for the release, the late works embody all the sincerity and essential poetry of the composer's style, all the more treasurable for their emergence against the odds as Smetana battled with deafness and the mental illness that would cut short his life.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013).



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>Smetana, Bedrich : Andante for piano in E flat major, JB 1 :: 62
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1852

>Smetana, Bedrich : Pensée fugitive, for piano in D minor, JB 1 :: 24
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaves (6) for piano, JB 1 :: 51 (Op. 2)
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaves (3) for piano, JB 1 :: 65 (Op. 3)
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1856

>Smetana, Bedrich : Skizzen (Sketches) (4) for piano, Book 1, JB 1 :: 66 (Op. 4)
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1857

>Smetana, Bedrich : Skizzen (Sketches) (4) for piano, Book 2, JB 1 :: 67 (Op. 5)
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1857

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Allegro ma non troppo) for piano in B flat major, JB 1 :: 46
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in B minor, JB 1 :: 43
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1848-49

>Smetana, Bedrich : Toccatina (Album Leaf) for piano in B flat major, JB 1 :: 53
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1849-54

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in G major, JB 1 :: 41
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1848-49

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in E flat minor, JB 1 :: 54
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1849-54

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in B flat minor, JB 1 :: 52
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1848-52

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Moderato) for piano in B major ("For Katerine Kolárová"), JB 1 :: 20
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Allegro) for piano in A flat major ("For Alzbete Felicii Thunové"), JB 1 :: 25
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Agitato) for piano in E major ("For Josefine Finkeové"), JB 1 :: 21
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Jeanu Kunzovi"), JB 1 :: 22
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Lento) for piano in E flat minor ("For Václavu Ulverovi"), JB 1 :: 23
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Marii Prokschové"), JB 1 :: 81
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Smetana, Bedrich : Andante for piano in F minor, JB 1 :: 117
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Smetana, Bedrich : Romance for piano in G minor, JB 1 :: 121
  • Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano)
  • Notes: Bratók Studio, Bernareggio, Milan (03/01/2003-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881