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Bedrich Smetana: Piano Works - 6 Morceaux, Op. 1; Woodland Feelings; Caprice; Romanza in B flat et al. / Jitka Cechova, piano

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Characteristic Pieces (6), for piano, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Lesni city a dojmy (Woodland Feelings and Impressions), nocturne for piano in F minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Caprice for piano in G minor, JB 2
>Smetana, Bedrich : Pensee fugitive, for piano in D minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Moderato) for piano in B major ("For Katerine Kolarova"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Allegro) for piano in A flat major ("For Alzbete Felicii Thunove"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Agitato) for piano in E major ("For Josefine Finkeove"), 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 Vaclavu Ulverovi"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Marii Prokschove"), JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Erinnerung an Weimar (Remembrance of Weimar), for piano in A flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Rondo capriccio (Allegro capriccioso) for piano in B minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Romance (Romanza) for piano in B flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Character Piece (Charakteristicka skladba) for piano in C flat major, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Marsch der Prager Studenten Legion (March of the Prague Students' Legion), for piano in F major, JB
>Smetana, Bedrich : Nationalgarde-Marsch (Pochod narodni gardy), for piano in D major, JB 1
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Notes & Reviews:

The sixth part of the Bedrich Smetana complete piano works series presents pieces composed in the 1840s, the time of the composer's intensive studies and the Dedicated to various persons (including Katerina Kolarova, Smetana's great love and future wife) are the Stammbuchblatter, lovely commemorative album leaves. Some of the pieces (Romance in B flat major, Woodland Feelings and Impressions) were published immediately, others were revised by Smetana and published later. Also dating from this period are the composer's first larger virtuoso pieces (Allegro capriccioso, Caprice in G minor) and major work, the cycle Six m sent the autograph to Franz Liszt, who accepted the dedication with pleasure. The nimble hands of the pianist Jitka Cechova make ring the sheer virtuosity and engrossing poetics of the young Smetana's piano works.

International Record Review, September 2013
The pleasure and manifold beauties of Smetana's fluent, idiomatic style are amply evident in his latest instalment...Cechova brings to this music a dignity and seriousness of purpose that recalls the great Firkuný.

MusicWeb International, 28th August 2013
It is always melodious and as music to unwind to it has much to recommend it, not least Supraphon's good, solid audio and Cechová's attractively romantic pianism.



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>Smetana, Bedrich : Characteristic Pieces (6), for piano, JB 1 :: 35 (Op. 1)
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1848

>Smetana, Bedrich : Lesní city a dojmy (Woodland Feelings and Impressions), nocturne for piano in F minor, JB 1 :: 31
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Smetana, Bedrich : Caprice for piano in G minor, JB 2 :: 17
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Smetana, Bedrich : Pensée fugitive, for piano in D minor, JB 1 :: 24
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Moderato) for piano in B major ("For Katerine Kolárová"), JB 1 :: 20
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 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: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf (Agitato) for piano in E major ("For Josefine Finkeové"), JB 1 :: 21
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Jeanu Kunzovi"), JB 1 :: 22
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 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: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1845

>Smetana, Bedrich : Album Leaf for piano in C major ("For Marii Prokschové"), JB 1 :: 81
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Smetana, Bedrich : Erinnerung an Weimar (Remembrance of Weimar), for piano in A flat major, JB 1 :: 68
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Smetana, Bedrich : Rondo capriccio (Allegro capriccioso) for piano in B minor, JB 1 :: 32
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1847

>Smetana, Bedrich : Romance (Romanza) for piano in B flat major, JB 1 :: 33
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1847

>Smetana, Bedrich : Character Piece (Charakteristická skladba) for piano in C flat major, JB 1 :: 34
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1848

>Smetana, Bedrich : Marsch der Prager Studenten Legion (March of the Prague Students' Legion), for piano in F major, JB
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1848

>Smetana, Bedrich : Nationalgarde-Marsch (Pochod národní gardy), for piano in D major, JB 1 :: 37
  • Performer: Jitka Cechová (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1848