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Bedrich Smetana

March 2, 1824 - May 12, 1884
born in Leitomischl, Czech Republic, composed during the Romantic period
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) was a 19th century Bohemian composer who, along with Dvorák, led the musical movement for nationalism in his country. His best-known opera, The Bartered Bride, was not a success when premiered, but others of Smetana’s stage works were performed with frequency in his lifetime. His series of six nationalistic tone poems, Má Vlast (My Fatherland), also became popular, most notably Vltava (The Moldau). A persistent ringing in Smetana's ears was vividly represented in his autobiographical String Quartet, but this affliction led to deafness, and he was committed to an asylum, where he died of tertiary syphilis. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Track List: Smetana: Polkas

Title: Salon Polkas (3) For Piano, JB 1:60 (Op. 7)
Title: Poetic Polkas (3) For Piano, JB 1:61 (Op. 8)
Title: Polka For Piano In F Minor, JB 1:63
Title: Polka For Piano In A Major, JB 1:57
Title: Souvenir De Bohême En Forme De Polkas (Memories Of Bohemia), For Piano, Book 1, JB 1:76 (Op. 12)
Title: Polka For Piano In E Major, JB 1:55
Title: Polka For Piano In G Minor, JB 1:56
Title: Souvenir De Bohême En Forme De Polkas (Memories Of Bohemia), For Piano, Book 2, JB 1:77 (Op. 13)
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Track List: The Bartered Bride

Disc 1
Title: Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), Opera, Jb 1:100
Disc 2

Comments

It gives me goose bumps
mayfly2468
Can't you hear and feel the wind? I SO love this piece! Ditto all the positive comments!
The Moldau is one of my favorite classical pieces. Wonderful melodies and great orchestratio n . This is up there as one of the most descripitive of nature in all of classical music.
Good track, my ear holes are delighted.
811432216
The bartered bride is one of the greatest classical pieces ever written in my humble yet always correct opinion ! Follow me all true believers!
The Moldau is one of my favorite classical pieces, the melodies are just gorgeous. If I was on a desert island and could only carry 10 pieces of music, this would be one of them.
Bedrich Smetana got beat with ugly stick
renzo223
Why is a Wagner cover showing for Smetana?
play the moldare
@depstein583
who gives a s**t
do any of these people know this is Israels Star Spangle Banner ?
its so beautiful to know that SMETANA lived from 1824 to 1884. n created this wonderful music
the piece im hearing now is VITAVA THE MOLDAU n its beautiful
roger.sima agreed
kosjoa3
My husband and I got to hear the Czech Symphony perform Ma Vlast in Prague. What an experience!
That's because it's program music - music ment to tell a story.
So far ahaead of his time..... you'd think you were listening to a soundtrack.. . . Kudos to the BPO!
rjf1976
What a lovely piece of music. I believe this is what we listend to while driving from Dresden to Prague this past summer. LOVED IT!!!
smrerlj
While I enjoy Vitava I really like the rest of Ma Vlast, but rarely hear it. You can feel his love for his country.
Ma Vlast has some really brilliant music on this album. Highly recommended!
epic piece. epic.
Like Schubert, the composer, and Peter de Hooch, the Delft painter, his life ended tragically. It recalls Gustav Holst. Devil's Wall sounds very intriguing. I am wondering if it is considered important or was it entirely overlooked.
Madness is a gem to the psyche. A sad way to go. Tears to Smetana.

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