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BEDRICH SMETANA  

(1824 - 1884)

Smetana holds an important place in the development of musical nationalism in his native Bohemia, where he was born in 1824, the son of a master brewer in the service of Count Waldstein and others. His career was interrupted by a period of self-imposed exile in Sweden after the political disappointments that followed the turmoil of 1848. He was instrumental in the establishment of Czech national opera and a Czech national style, in particular in his symphonic poems. He was deaf in later life but continued to compose, an autobiographical element appearing in his string quartets.

Operas

The best known of Smetana’s operas is The Bartered Bride, the overture of which makes a brilliant opening to any orchestral concert programme. His other operas have enjoyed less international success.

Orchestral Music

The best known of Smetana’s orchestral works is the cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast (‘My Country’). It comprises six movements, of which ‘Vltava’ (‘River Moldau’), which follows the historic course of the river as it flows towards Prague, is the most frequently heard.

Chamber Music

Smetana wrote two string quartets, the first with the title ‘From My Life’. There is a G minor Piano Trio and two short pieces for violin and piano under the title From the Homeland.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
Night Music Vol 3 Naxos 8.505025

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 CLASSICS - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos
8.508004
Orchestral
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.551149
Orchestral
25 ORCHESTRAL MASTERWORKS FOR BAND Altissimo
75442203032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
A Dorian Portrait featuring Selections from the Dorian Catalog Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90004
Instrumental
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" / SMETANA, B.: The Bartered Bride: Overture (Argenta) (1955-1957) ICA Classics
ICAC5087
Orchestral
BEST OF NAXOS 3 Naxos
8.550003
Orchestral
BEST OF NAXOS 9 (THE) Naxos
8.551202
Orchestral
BORODIN: String Quartet No. 2 / SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 Artek
AR-0012-2
Chamber Music
CAN-CAN AND OTHER DANCES FROM THE OPERA Naxos
8.550924
Orchestral
Chamber Music - MARTINU, B. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. / BODOROVA, S. (Czech Chamber Music) (Vlachova) ArcoDiva
UP0146-2
Chamber Music
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.556628
Chamber Music
Classical Music From TV Advert Naxos
8.554589
Orchestral
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 2: 1825-1945 Naxos Educational
8.550835
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Thrillers Naxos
8.556809
Chamber Music
Czech Classical Music - SMETANA, B. / JANACEK, L. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. (Kanak, Svarovsky, Kasikova, Kasik, Czech Trio, Visek) ArcoDiva
UP0094-2
Opera, Chamber Music, Orchestral
Discover Music of the Romantic Era Naxos Educational
8.558155-56
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trio No. 3 / SMETANA, B.: Piano Trio / SUK, J.: Elegie (Sitkovetsky Trio) BIS
BIS-2059
Chamber Music
DVORAK: Slavonic Dances / SMETANA: String Quartet (Szell) (1949, 1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80079-80
Orchestral
DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 / SMETANA: Moldau (Kleiber) (1927-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110907
Orchestral
ETUDE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556611
Chamber Music
FAMOUS OVERTURES, Vol. 2 Amadis
7140
Orchestral
FAMOUS SYMPHONIC POEMS, VOL. 1 Naxos
8.553243
Orchestral
FAVORITE VIOLIN ENCORES Artek
AR-0007-2
Chamber Music
GILELS, Emil: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1935-1951) Naxos Historical
8.111350
Instrumental
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 9 (Australia) Naxos
8.570044
Orchestral
Great Singers Live (6 CD Box Set) BR-Klassik
900309
Opera
Great Singers Live: Popp, Lucia BR-Klassik
900306
Opera
GREAT SYMPHONIES - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Argenta, Boult, Cantelli, Furtwängler) (5-CD Box Set) (1953-1981) ICA Classics
ICAB5132
Orchestral
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Orchestral
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904, 1910) Naxos Historical
8.112053
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1916-1919) Naxos Historical
8.111384
Chamber Music
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Imagination Naxos Educational
8.555811
Orchestral
MCCLEERY, D.: Discover Music of the Romantic Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495212
Orchestral
MENDELSSOHN / SMETANA: Piano Trios BIS
BIS-CD-97
Chamber Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - CZECH REPUBLIC: A Musical Tour of the Country's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110531
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - PRAGUE: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110503
Classical Concert
MY COUNTRY Naxos
8.550931G
Orchestral
My First Orchestra Album Naxos
8.578253
Orchestral
NEUMANN, Vaclav: In Rehearsal (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101059
Classical Documentary
Night Music, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.551131
Chamber Music
Opera Arias - MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / PUCCINI, G. / VERDI, G. / SMETANA, B. (Con tutta la forza) (Teslia, Dvorsky, Kanak) ArcoDiva
UP0063-2
Opera
Opera Choruses - MOZART, W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. / WEBER, C.M. von / WAGNER, R. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. (Bratislava National Opera Chorus, Anguelov) Oehms Classics
OC219
Opera
Orchestral Music - MANNER, F. / SPOHR, L. / LABITZKY, J. / KRUTTNER, T. / SMETANA, B. / HOCH, T. (Cologne West German Radio Orchestra, Walter) Capriccio
C10848
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SMETANA, B. / DVORAK, A. (Slavonic Festival) Naxos
8.550033
Orchestral
ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR Amadis
7111
Orchestral
ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR Naxos
8.557860
Opera
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / DUSSEK, F.X. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / VANHAL, J.B. / SMETANA, B. / DUSSKE, J.L. (Czech Miniature Masterpieces) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90121
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / NOVAK, V. (Memories of Bohemia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90185
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 20 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262872
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SCHMIDT, Joseph: Arias and Songs (1929-36) Naxos Historical
8.111318-19
Opera
SENATOR, R.: Holocaust Requiem / SMETANA, B.: Moldau (Kaddish for Terezin) Delos
DE1032
Orchestral
SLAVONIC FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550376
Orchestral
SMETANA / SUK / NOVAK: Piano Trios Naxos
8.553415
Chamber Music
SMETANA, B.: Czech Dances, Books 1 and 2 (Kubalek) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90122
Instrumental
SMETANA, B.: Ma Vlast (Malaysian Philharmonic, Flor) BIS
BIS-SACD-1805
Orchestral
SMETANA, B.: Ma vlast (Prague Symphony, Netopil) ArcoDiva
FOK0001-2
Orchestral
SMETANA, B.: Ma Vlast / DVORAK, A.: In Nature's Realm (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dorati) Newton Classics
NC8802073
Orchestral
SMETANA, B.: Piano Trio / DVORAK, A.: Piano Trio No. 4 (Ad Trio Prague) ArcoDiva
UP0105-2
Chamber Music
SMETANA, B.: Wedding Scenes / Libuse's Judgement (Slovak Radio Symphony, Stankovsky) Marco Polo
8.223705
Orchestral
SMETANA: Bartered Bride (The) (Prague National Opera) (1933) Naxos Historical
8.110098-99
Opera
SMETANA: Festive Symphony Marco Polo
8.223120
Orchestral
SMETANA: Ma Vlast Naxos
8.571063
Orchestral
SMETANA: Ma Vlast (Kubelik) (1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80010
Orchestral
SMETANA: Ma vlast (Kubelik) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072388
Classical Concert
SMETANA: Ma Vlast (My Country) Naxos
8.550931
Orchestral
SMETANA: Ma Vlast (My Country) (Talich) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111237
Orchestral
SMETANA: Ma vlast (My Fatherland) Amadis
7146
Orchestral
SMETANA: Orchestral Highlights from Operas Marco Polo
8.223326
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
SMETANA: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550379
Chamber Music
SORCERER'S APPRENTICE AND OTHER ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554066
Orchestral
SUK, J.: Elegie (version for piano trio) / SMETANA, B.: Piano Trio / BODOROVA, S.: Prefigurations (Elegiac Stories) (Eben Trio) ArcoDiva
UP0143-2
Chamber Music
SYMPHONIC ORGAN MUSIC, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-1102
Instrumental
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1919-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110729
Opera
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1994 - A Night of Dances and Rhapsodies (Rudy, Jansons) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107155
Classical Concert
WITH LOVE TO YOU Naxos
8.557789
Orchestral
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 4 (1921-1955) Naxos Historical
8.111218
Instrumental




 
 
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