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Gift set 1704 4 CDs, bag and notebook.Bedřich Smetana: My Country | Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa 1724 | Josef Mysliveček: Violin Concertos | Johan Sebastian Bach: Oboe Concertos and Cantatas
1. Vyšehrad 2. Vltava 3. Šárka 4. Z českých luhů a hájů 5. Tábor 6. Blaník
Václav Luks | conductor
Collegium 1704 concertmaster | Elfa Rún Kristindóttir violin I | Laszlo Paulik, Viktor Mazáček, Markéta Knittlová, Martin Kalista, Balázs Bozzai, Vojtěch Jakl, Simone Pirri, Štěpán Ježek, Lucie Sedláková Hůlová, John Ma, Noyuri Hazama violin II | Adéla Štajnochrová, Kristýna Hodinová, Simona Tydlitátová, Jan Hádek, Dagmar Valentová, Veronika Manová, Pawel Miczka, Adéla Drechsel, Kamila Guz, Klaudia Matlak, HyeWon Kim viola | Michal Dušek, Martin Stupka, Dominik Dębski, Dorian Wetzel, Monika Grimm, Zuzana Peřinová, Julia Kriechbaum, Ildiko Ludwig violoncello | Libor Mašek, Michal Sťahel, Jan Keller, Matyáš Keller, Hana Fleková, Balasz Adorján, Vilém Petras double bass | Luděk Braný, Tomáš Karpíšek, Tilman Schmidt, Miriam Shalinsky, Jonas Carlsson, Attila Szilágyi harp | Valeria Kafelnikov, Markus Thalheimer flute | Georges Barthel, Raquel Martorell Dorta, Emiko Matsuda(piccolo) oboe | Katharina Andres, Petra Ambrosi clarinet | Ernst Schlader, Christine Foidl bassoon | Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga, Luís Santos corno | Anneke Scott, Jana Švadlenková, Joseph Walters, Patrick Broderick, Jörg Schultess, Gijs Laceulle trumpet | Marc Deml, Albert Marigo trombone | Stanislav Penk, Lukáš Moťka, Bohumil Tůma tuba | Karel Malimánek timpani | Michael Kroutil percussions | Saori Seino, Marcin Drajewicz, Gyu Jin Lee
ABOUT THE RECORDING
Smetana’sMá vlasthas assumed a unique standing in Czech music and beyond, and it also embodies a powerful societal message and a remarkable performance tradition. Complete performances of the whole cycle are always a special event, and many such performances have been given in important historical contexts. The first complete recording ofMá vlastmade in 1929 with the conductor Václav Talich was also the very first phonograph recording of the Czech Philharmonic. Likewise of enormous historical and artistic value is a radio broadcast recording of a performance at the National Theatre on 5 and 9 June 1939, again with the Czech Philharmonic and Václav Talich. More than 80 years after the fact, it is still overwhelming to hear this enormously emotional performance ofMá vlastand the public’s spontaneous reaction less than three months after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. Ever since the inaugural Prague Spring Festival in 1946,Má vlasthas remained firmly in place on the programme of the festival’s opening concert on 12 May, the anniversary of Bedřich Smetana’s death. The conductors Karel Ančerl and Rafael Kubelík also gave legendary performances that made their mark on the festival’s history. The Prague Spring Festival opening concert in 1990 and the repeat performance the next day before a huge crowd at Prague’s Old Town Square with Rafael Kubelík conducting shortly after the fall of Czechoslovakia’s communist regime became a celebration of freedom. The performances ofMá vlaston 12 and 13 May 2021 heard on this live recording also took place under extraordinary circumstances. After many long months, when the Covid pandemic had practically brought cultural life to a halt all over Europe, this performance, prepared under special circumstances, was a unique opportunity for a live public to experience a live concert, even if there were many limitations. It was therefore with all the greater intensity that those present experienced the moment and realised how sharing live music is a value that cannot be replaced.