Overture and Dances from 'the Bartered Bride' / String Quartet in E minor

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SMETANA
Overture and Dances from 'the Bartered Bride' / String Quartet in E minor
London Symphony Orchestra. Geoffrey Simon

[ Chandos Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 6 March 2002

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..'splendidly exuberant performances…'
Gramophone Magazine

'The powerful advocacy of Simon and the excellent LSO playing… provide a most rewarding coupling.'
The Penguin Complete Guide

'Geoffrey Simon and the LSO give splendidly exuberant performances…'
Gramophone



Geoffrey Simon conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in popular music by Smetana.

An extended orchestral suite from Smetana's most popular opera is here coupled with an orchestration of the highly personal String Quartet No. 1 ('From My Life') which contains some of the most inspired music Smetana ever wrote.

This recording received high critical endorsement.

Smetana was the father-figure of the Czech nationalist school of composition and produced music of great charm, sparkling verve and melodic memorability, as this recording shows.

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Tracks:

Concerto Overture and Dances from 'The Bartered Bride'
1 I Overture 6:32
2 II Dance of the Villagers 4:26
3 III Polka 4:57
4 IV Furiant 1:58
5 V Fanfare 0:41
6 VI Dance of the Comedians 5:32

String Quartet in E minor 'From my Life' 30:30
(orchestral version by George Szell)