Friday, March 24, 2017

Smetana, Bedřich. (1824-1884) Incidental music from his Operas. Volume II.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 24-3-2010
Second listen: 11-3-2011.
Third listen: 24-3-2017.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates: October 2008.
Recording venue: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England.
Recording engineer: Stephen Rinker.
Running time: 72:33.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
See front booklet.

Performed by: BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda.

I bought this CD together with other Chandos CD'S in a sale, which does not occur on a regular basis. Chandos keeps out of the way in discounting the price of their productions. This time I was lucky I guess. Well Smetana's incidental music from his many operas. I do not listen to opera, but I am quite happy to listen to the instrumental music out of these works. And this disc is full of it. I almost never heard any of the music, so after all the years of gathering dust, they were still new to me. I like the sublime writing, so full of joy, drama, and reference to lost and gained love. All lovingly played by this orchestra in fine Chandos sound. One day I must get the other volumes of this series. 73:00 minutes is a long stretch, but I took it all in one gulp, and reckoned that this was a tad to much in one hearing, for my thoughts kept wandering. Nothing to do with the quality of the music, probably the mesmerizing effect of the notes.

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