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Smetana: Má Vlast - Hrůša

Smetana: Má Vlast - Hrůša

Tudor  SACD 7196

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Smetana: Má Vlast

Bamberger Symphoniker
Jakob Hrůša (conductor)

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Comment by Luketsu - October 2, 2016 (1 of 12)

Looks great!

Comment by philip edwards - January 6, 2017 (2 of 12)

An excellent, very vibrant performance captured in rich, brilliant sound with a very solid orchestral image. Great stuff!

Comment by hiredfox - January 6, 2017 (3 of 12)

How, would you say, does it compare with Davis which is the current Bookies favourite?

Smetana: Má vlast - Davis

I've added it to my wish list so that it doesn't get forgotten and will look forward to a full review on here soon.

Comment by john hunter - January 6, 2017 (4 of 12)

and don't forget the Bis version with Claus Peter Flor. The Malaysian Philharmonic may not be the first orchestra you think of but they play very well indeed under a conductor well known for his interpretations of this piece. Add to the mix an excellent recording.

Comment by William Hecht - January 6, 2017 (5 of 12)

Both Flor on BIS and Susskind on Mofi are fine performances in infinitely better sound than Davis.

Comment by hiredfox - January 8, 2017 (6 of 12)

It has to be admitted that most professional reviewers of classical music seem to be unaware of SA and review the CD layer so the barbed issue of SQ at the ... er Barbican becomes less of an issue. Davis brings a reflective and yearning quality to Ma Vlast which seems to be empathetic with the nostalgic sentiments of this work.

Comment by john hunter - January 17, 2017 (7 of 12)

This new one gets a rave at Musicweb-international.com and it is their recording of the month. Got me interested.

Comment by Luketsu - January 21, 2017 (8 of 12)

Flor is excellent, indeed. The gorgeous surround sound - in a typical BIS manner - guarantees a profitable purchase. Looking forward to hear this, anyway.

Comment by hiredfox - January 30, 2017 (9 of 12)

An energetic and spirited performance from the Bamberger Symphoniker who play with verve and enthusiasm, one in which Jakob Hrůša delivers a genuine sense of drama and tension throughout the six poems; a performance that grabs and holds the listeners attention and carries you along on a journey of discovery but one which is not perfect. I would have liked far more weight and sonority from the strings and there is tendency for some untidiness during crescendo when discipline gives way to enthusiasm. A little hesitancy amongst soloist in the first movement could maybe have been tidied up in editing. As a result the abiding sense of tonal imbalance may frustrate some. Nevertheless there is more than enough on display here to hold the attention despite the few rough edges.

The recording in stereo is quite realistic, a good spread of the sound stage between the speakers but noticeably weighted towards the centre rather in the nature of a Gaussian curve. A decent sense of depth and height although impaired somewhat by the lightness of the strings. Highlights include some lovely harp and clarinet solos that are captured beautifully.

This is not a Má Vlast for everyone, the more romantically inclined listener may take exception. It certainly took me a little by surprise in its somewhat bold and confident projection but notwithstanding the weaknesses it is recommendable for the sheer sense of joy in music making that Hrůša delivers from his players. One to add to any collection.

Comment by john hunter - May 19, 2017 (10 of 12)

A superb release.
Expansive tempos but never slow. Hrusa takes 81 mins compared to Flor on BIS at 76.
A dramatic performance-gripping with Hrusa merging Tabor and Blanik into one movement. Whereas often these two seem a bit of an after though, here they work convincingly together into a fine ending of the cycle.
Add to the mix wonderful playing from the Bambergers and a beautiful recording - this is an outstanding release in every respect.
I listened in MC.

Comment by Euell Neverno - May 28, 2017 (11 of 12)

Not the Ma Vlast for everyone. Tempos are unusually broad and Vysehrad drags, IMO. Talich is rolling over in his grave? However, there is some beautiful playing from the Bambergers. Tabor and Blanik are quite dramatic.

Comment by hiredfox - June 6, 2017 (12 of 12)

Good to see you on here Euell