Podcast: Smetana, Susskind & St Louis. An Elite Recording.

June 21, 2024

SMETANA, B.: Má vlast (My Fatherland)

SMETANA, B.: Má vlast (My Fatherland)
St. Louis Symphony, Susskind

Smetana’s Má vlast is an unprecedented cycle of six related symphonic poems that evoke Czech legends and celebrate the beauty of the country’s landscapes. Received with “unending storms of applause” at its 1882 premiere, Má vlast reflects the unique characteristics that form the heart and soul of the Czech nation. Raymond Bisha introduces an acclaimed 1975 recording of the work by the St Louis Symphony under Walter Susskind, which has been given a new lease of life by returning to the original Elite Recordings master tapes and effecting a high definition transfer of the original sound.