Bar 45 sees the appearance of a merry motive Ad whose character can be underscored in performance by accentuating the second beat. The Helsinki Philharmonic, of which Madetoja was music director 1912-1914 , plays their countryman's music with affection under John Storgärds. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. Rather like the Supraphon collection of Sejna-conducted Novak tone poems and suites the usual features of a Sejna account are to the fore and happily support each of these performances leaving doubts only about the choral item. Nevertheless, this rather tentative comment should in no way discourage anyone from trying this otherwise fine recording. The alternation of development with passages of reminiscence, however, does not preclude the continuation of the triplet movement from bar 95 on, whether it reminds of the sound of the forest in the violas bar 95 , enjoys the scherzo character in the woodwinds bar 98 or assumes the firm, masculine character in the brass instruments bar 107. By the melding of new motives with the main theme Aa , the final section present us with the elements of a rondo.
Fibich had the misfortune of comparison with his contemporaries, Dvorák and Smetana. This is a most attractive program, and I think most will really enjoy it. . The cool caressing woodwind writing is notable. As in the previous release in this series, the playing is very accomplished, the engineering a touch raw but vivid. The other movements are not dated.
This is quite a discovery! In 1883 Zdeněk Fibich finished his Symphony No. The full text in Czech, English, German and French is reproduced in the quadrilingual notes. The whole symphony was first performed at a Grand Jubilee Concert of the Umělecká beseda Arts Society on 3rd May 1883, conducted by Adolf Čech. This theme, too, gradually subsides and the movement ends quietly, in the same calm manner with which it began. Listen to the charmingly bubbly clarinet at 7:03. The coupling on the Naxos disc, the op. This is only troublesome in the noisier passages of the finale of the symphony, and elsewhere creates no problems.
There are moments of floating ecstasy and birdsong evocation. The orchestral playing, full of character, has quite enough delectable pointing of phrases to make up for any lack of sheer animal excitement. Fibich is on the whole working with relatively short motives often 3 to 4 bars which can be classed as main and episodical. It is a shame, though, that, with a total disc time of just 62:18, the opportunity to add another track was missed. There is more than a touch of Bohemia in this Symphony which bubbles over with themes, one barely over before the next begins. The notes English, French, German and Czech are respectable although more about the symphonies, the circumstances of their premieres and other background would have been appreciated. In the exposition these are the main, subsidiary and concluding areas.
Again the atmosphere is pastoral though the personable notes tell us that Fibich intended to conjure up life on the island of Zofin in the centre of Prague. His Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School and particularly Dvořák as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Subscribe You can subscribe to this podcast in , or by using. Outstanding sound, great performance throughout- in short, an extremely attractive recording. Sejna handles the transitions from drama to reflection with great imagination and a sense of continuity. Refunds by law: In Australia, consumers have a legal right to obtain a refund from a business if the goods purchased are faulty, not fit for purpose or don't match the seller's description.
It positively bubbles with enchantment and youthful spirit in this performance. An important element in those four bars is the restless rhythm in the violas and cellos while the first violins play the broad span of the melody. The second movement's yearningly reflective adagio is given a concentrated performance. Those old Supraphons are beginning to sound their age. Liszt, Wagner in particular The Flying Dutchman and to a certain extent Tchaikovsky, loom large in The Tempest. He wrote four symphonies, the last of which was tragically lost. He returned to Prague at the age of 24 during the rise of Czech nationalism exemplified by the works of Smetana amd Dvorak.
The vision of a forest and woods generally were in any case the focus of not just romantic writers and poets at the time, but clearly of composers also, and Fibich was in that sense a true romantic. The two original issues were each rather slim value, since they were accompanied by no filler; and the works are connected, as indeed was so much in Fibich's later music, by the linking thread of the piano in which he poured out his love for his young pupil Anezka Schulzova. It breathes a cool woodland magic, breezy and natural, and not at all air-conditioned. The subsidiary theme Ba makes its entry in bars 61 — 68 at a low level of loudness in strings, doubled by clarinets and bassoons, later on by horns. This is a well and neatly filled disc first issued in 1995. Fibich clearly had his own musical worldview, but we still get those qualities which so endear Czech orchestral music to most classical music lovers- smooth, lush melodies originating in Czech national folk music and logical compositional structures to arrange the melodic themes in a totally captivating way. The bars 53 — 56 and 57 — 60 can be regarded as a transition, although in bar 58 Fibich is already anticipating the coming subsidiary theme in the woodwinds.
In our detailed analysis we shall concentrate on the exposition. It clearly made sense to combine these two recordings. A key to the understanding of the first movement is its tempo indication Allegro moderato. The Idyll is even less well-known. Their fresh approach communicates vigorously across the years since the various recordings were made. Very good: An item that is used but still in very good condition.
Novotný who wrote in the magazine Dalibor Vol. The recording is rich and full, giving full justice to the luscious scoring. The theme is heard in the full orchestra, bringing the movement to an end, even though it is not its last appearance in the symhony as a whole. Je všeobecně povážována za nejlepší z trojice fibichových symfoniíí po stránce invenční, stavebné i obsahové Jaromír Havlík. The two symphonic poems on this disc demonstrate an eclectic range of influences.