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  Smetana: Má vlast - Davis
  Smetana: Má vlast

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Polly Nomial November 1, 2005
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Review by theaudiohiffle September 29, 2006 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
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First Rate Ma Vlast on SACD

This is an excellent performance of Smetana's six-movement tone poem, IMO the best available today on SACD. I'm really happy to have the complete work, rather than just "the Moldau". Sir Colin's conducting is lithe and dance-like where called for; appropriately dark and dramatic when required; never lagging. The LSO plays very well for a non-Czech orchestra, and the sound is among the best I have heard on SACD albeit dry as all the LSO's seem to be. I listen in multichannel, and perhaps because of that, it doesn't sound so dry as to destroy the sense of beauty in the piece, and the orchestra sound is very naturalistic.

Highly recommended.

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Review by john563 July 6, 2009 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
New highs for recording techniques.

By pure coincident I put on a CD called 'James Levine dirigert' from Deutsche Grammophon the night before I received the LSO disc in the mail. On the CD from DG there is a recording of Die Moldau (Vltava) from 1987 which I had forgotten all about. DG is known for good recordings also, but when I heard the new version the next day in SACD multichannel, it was almost as it is not the same music. The recording techniques have improved so much over the last few years to capture much more of the dynamics in the music, and the multichannel surround adds more space and transparency to it. If you still not have a SACD player,you proberbly don't know what you're missing. Don't hesitate to buy one - the prices are for everyone to afford now. Just a hint :-)

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