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Bohemian Impressions / Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek, Martinu

Audio Samples

>Smetana, Bedrich : My Country, cycle of symphonic poems
>     4. From Bohemian Fields and Groves
>Dvorak, Antonin : Czech suite in D major, Op. 39
>     1. Preludium. Pastorale
>     4. Romance
>Dvorak, Antonin : In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91
>Suk, Josef : A Summer's Tale. Symphonic Poem, Op. 29
>     3. Intermezzo - Blind Musicians
>Novák, Vitezslav : Moravian-Slovak Suite, Op. 32
>     3. The Lovers. Andante quasi allegretto
>     4. The Country Musicians. Allegro strepitoso
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bouquet of Flowers, H 260
>     Idyll
>Janácek, Leos : The Cunning Little Vixen
>     Orchestral Introduction
>Janácek, Leos : The Lachian Dances
>     The Saws
>Fibich, Zdenek : Idyll for Orchestra at Twilight, Op. 39
>     [Excerpt]

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : My Country, cycle of symphonic poems
>Dvorak, Antonin : Czech suite in D major, Op. 39
>Dvorak, Antonin : In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91
>Suk, Josef : A Summer's Tale. Symphonic Poem, Op. 29
>Novák, Vitezslav : Moravian-Slovak Suite, Op. 32
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bouquet of Flowers, H 260
>Janácek, Leos : The Cunning Little Vixen
>Janácek, Leos : The Lachian Dances
>Fibich, Zdenek : Idyll for Orchestra at Twilight, Op. 39
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The names of Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek, and Bohuslav Martinu are rightly synonymous with the global fame of Czech music. And it was frequently the compositions inspired by the beauty of the beloved homeland (and its folk music) that brought its creators to the attention of listeners worldwide. A case in point is Smetana's My Country, ye t other composers too reflected the land of their heart, its natural and folk motifs in their works (Janacek's Lachian Dances, Novak's Morovaian-Slovak Suite, Dvorak's Czech Suite, Martinu's Bouquet of Flowers, etc.). Bohemian Impressions is a selection of the most beautiful melodies that grew out of this inspiration - a gallery of images and reminiscences from the places where one feels most alive and keeps returning to. Amid the wide harmonies - how wide are the horizons seen from the Vysocina hills? - flash the sparks of lively colors with which a composer lets himself be carried away by the rhythms of folk dances at a village ball. This is a musical landscape singing of love, colors, scents and tranquility; a landscape in which you will feel alive.



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>Smetana, Bedrich : My Country, cycle of symphonic poems :: 4. From Bohemian Fields and Groves
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1872-1879

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Czech suite in D major, Op. 39 :: 1. Preludium. Pastorale
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: ?04/1879.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?04/1879

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Czech suite in D major, Op. 39 :: 4. Romance
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: ?04/1879.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?04/1879

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Suk, Josef : A Summer's Tale. Symphonic Poem, Op. 29 :: 3. Intermezzo - Blind Musicians
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907

>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : Moravian-Slovak Suite, Op. 32 :: 3. The Lovers. Andante quasi allegretto
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Composition written: Moravia.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : Moravian-Slovak Suite, Op. 32 :: 4. The Country Musicians. Allegro strepitoso
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Composition written: Moravia.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bouquet of Flowers, H 260 :: Idyll
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 06/18/1937-09/26/1937.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : The Cunning Little Vixen :: Orchestral Introduction
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : The Lachian Dances :: The Saws
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Fibich, Zdenek : Idyll for Orchestra at Twilight, Op. 39 :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893