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From The Archives - Ma Vlast

Bedřich Smetana’s “Ma Vlast” is one of the most ravishing orchestral works ever written. One writer observed that “Ma Vlast” has “history imbedded in every detail” and that the music is “Liszt’s tone poems at their most glorious.” No wonder that this music made Smetana a national hero of the Czech people. We’ll hear it realized in a magnificent recording by the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Václav Talich.

Compositions and Recordings

Procession of the Nobles
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Ma Vlast
by Bedřich Smetana
Václav Talich and The Czech Philharmonic

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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