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  Smetana: Ma Vlast - Susskind
  Smetana: Ma Vlast (complete)

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Walter Susskind (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by flyingdutchman August 31, 2005
Performance:   Sonics:  
I have been waiting for this recording for months to come out on MFSL. I ordered it through Amazon and it kept being put on backorder until finally in August it came out. Finally!

As for the recording. I have listened to it a couple of times now and, while not up there with the best of the really great Ma Vlasts (including all of Kubelik's recordings, esp. the live 1990 and Talich's 1950 mono recording), it is a great performance with above average sound. The sound on this performance is much like Susskind's Holst. Color is well brought to the fore and the often warm, burnished sound of the brass sections are highlighted. The trumpets are a little "blatty" sounding at times, however, and this distracts somewhat.

Susskind is well within the idiom of this music since he himself is Czech. The St. Louis SO is no Czech PO and while I enjoy the sound that is produced here, I really must admit I love the sound of the Czech PO under the numerous conductors that have recorded this old warhorse (Kubelik, as mentioned before is really my reference point for Smetana and Talich's mono recording is beautifully done in great mono sound).

I cannot rate the sound in MC since my system isn't set up for it yet since moving.

So in essence a great performance with above average sound.

Review by peteyspambucket September 1, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this performance! The music is played so lovingly and with attention to rhythm and inner harmonies. There are places that are faster or slower than others play it, but it's all done very convincingly and with feeling.

The sound is crisp and clear, and very nicely balanced. The climaxes are very loud and clear, but for the majority of the more melodic (and not loud) sound quality is very clear and analytical. It's hard to believe this is a 30 year old recording. The MC mix use the rear channels very naturally, and adds a lot of space and clarity to the sound-stage.

This is a highly enjoyable release and one that I will revisit often.

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Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (My Fatherland), JB 1:112