Smetana: Complete Piano Works Vol 3 / Cechova

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Czech Dances (4) for piano, Book 1, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Czech Dances (10) for piano, Book 2, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Bettina's Polka in C major, B 114/T 81
>Smetana, Bedrich : Venkovanka (The Country Woman), polka for orchestra (or piano) in G major, 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:

Jitka Cechova is an energetic young pianist and member of the highly successful Smetana Trio. On her third CD of Smetana's piano works she proves how intimately familiar she is with the composer's style. The album includes Smetana's greatest piano cycle, the Czech Dances, written in the years 1877 - 79. The first part of the cycle consists of four polkas, while the second part contains Smetana's concert interpretations of specific Czech folk dances (including the Furiant, Skocna, Rejdovak a rejdovacka, Sousedska, Hulan and Medved). The album is rounded out with Smetana's late piano works.



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Works Details

>Smetana, Bedrich : Czech Dances (4) for piano, Book 1, JB 1 :: 107
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Smetana, Bedrich : Czech Dances (10) for piano, Book 2, JB 1 :: 114
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Smetana, Bedrich : Bettina's Polka in C major, B 114/T 81 :: 74b (2nd version)
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Smetana, Bedrich : Venkovanka (The Country Woman), polka for orchestra (or piano) in G major, JB 1 :: 115
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Smetana, Bedrich : Andante for piano in F minor, JB 1 :: 117
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Smetana, Bedrich : Romance for piano in G minor, JB 1 :: 121
  • Performer: Jitka Cechov (Piano)
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (01/02/2007/01/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881