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Zdenek Fibich: Symphonic Poems - Othello, Zaboj, Slavoj, Ludek, Toman and the Wood Nymph, The Tempest, Spring / Czech Nat'l SO

Album Summary

>Fibich, Zdenek : Othello, symphonic poem, Op. 6
>Fibich, Zdenek : Zaboj, Slavoj and Ludek, symphonic poem, Op 37
>Fibich, Zdenek : Toman and the Wood Nymph, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 49
>Fibich, Zdenek : The Tempest, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 46
>Fibich, Zdenek : Spring, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 13
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Othello (1873) begins with a stirring march, including trumpet fanfares that remind me a little of the opening to Smetana's Libuse. Zaboj, Slavoj, and Ludek (1875), based on an old Czech manuscript, begins with a vigorous string figure that later seems to take on battle implications. The stirring Toman and the Wood Nymph (1875) follows a young man betrayed by his lover and driven to the clutches of the wood nymph. The Tempest (1880, also the title of a Fibich opera) begins with a storm and a shipwreck. A reflective, uplifting section follows. Spring (1881) is the lightest work here. It is a muscular love letter to the countryside. The performances are powerful and exciting, and the sound is some of the best from Naxos. Richard Whitehouse's notes are up to his usual high standard.

Less well known than his compatriots Dvorák and Smetana, Zdenek Fibich was however one of the greatest Czech composers of his day. These symphonic poems span the best part of his career, starting with Othello, which emphasizes the intertwined fates of Shakespeare's main characters. More nationalist in character, Záboj, Slavoj and Ludek impressed Smetana when he was working on Má vlast, while Toman and the Wood Nymph is an evocative and tragic tale of supernatural romantic yearnings. The Tempest encapsulates Shakespeare's story of storm, shipwreck and reconciliation, and the 'symphonic picture' Spring depicts the season in all its variety.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Fibich was one of the great innovators of Czech Romanticism. His fine orchestration and melodic gifts are on show in these elegantly performed symphonic poems.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013).



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>Fibich, Zdenek : Othello, symphonic poem, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Zaboj, Slavoj and Ludek, symphonic poem, Op 37
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Fibich, Zdenek : Toman and the Wood Nymph, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1875

>Fibich, Zdenek : The Tempest, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Fibich, Zdenek : Spring, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 13
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (03/13/2013/04/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1881