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Triumph and Tragedy

Donald Macleod discovers how a family tragedy for Smetana resulted in a highly personal chamber work and a move to Gothenburg. With In Bohemia; Overture (The Bartered Bride).

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Bedřich Smetana. These days, his reputation outside his homeland is usually overshadowed by those of Dvorak and Janacek, but Smetana is the composer credited with founding a national style of Czech music. He was many things - a Czech nationalist who grew up speaking German, a prolific teacher, composer, conductor, violinist, pianist, husband and father. Donald Macleod discovers how a family tragedy resulted in a highly personal chamber work and a move to Gothenburg.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 28 Nov 2011 18:30

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    no.3; En Boheme (Scene champetre) [Cechach (Vesnicky vyjev)] Reves [Sny] - characteristic

    Performer: William HOWARD - Piano

    • HELIOS.
    • CDH-88019.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    2nd movt, Triumphal symphony in E major Op.6

    Conductor: Vladimir VALEK Performer: Prague R S O

    • SUPRAPHON.
    • SU-3916-2.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings vers. revised 1857

    Performer: Borodin Trio

    • Chandos.
    • CHAN8445.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Overture to The Bartered bride

    Conductor: Gianandrea NOSEDA Performer: BBC Philharmonic

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-10518.

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