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Bedřich Smetana "Die Moldau" conducted by Herbert von Karajan (with the Vienna Philharmonic) (1985)
- Composer: Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 -- 12 May 1884) - Performers: Devich Trio - Year of recording: 2005 Piano Trio in G minor, JB 1:64, Op. 15, written in 1855. 00:00 - I. Moderato assai 11:29 - II. Allegro, ma non agitato 20:05 - III. Finale. Presto The death of Smetana's daughter Bedřiška was the emotional impetus behind the composition of the Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 15. After Bedřiška succumbed to scarlet fever on 6 September 1855, Smetana was devastated; the composer immersed himself in composition, producing the trio soon enough for it to be performed later that year. Critical response was negative and may have prompted Smetana to revise the piece two years later, despite the fact that Liszt praised the work when he heard it in 1856. It was the most significant piece of chamber music he had composed up to that time, but it was not published until 1879, in Hamburg. The work is in three movements, all of which are in G minor: - The first movement is intense and lyrical, and begins with the violin alone playing a theme on the dark G string. The theme's chromatic descent through a perfect fifth evokes a Baroque-era musical symbol for grief. In nineteenth century fashion, however, Smetana extends the melody before arriving at the secondary theme of this gloomy sonata-form movement. The second theme is brighter in character than the first, and this section is further lightened by upward chromatic shifts in harmony. The development section has a central high point, followed by meandering passages that give way to the recapitulation, which brings back the tragic mood. - In the ensuing Intermezzo movement we hear references to the first movement. Its principal theme, a polka, seems to suggest the playful Bedřiška, although it is derived from the main theme of the first movement. The movement is divided into two alternativo sections, the first of which, pastoral in atmosphere, evokes Schumann. The second of these is more mournful and includes march-like rhythms. - For the main theme of the rondo finale, Smetana borrows nearly 100 measures from his own Piano Sonata in G minor of 1846. He also uses a fugato figure from his Characteristic Variations on a Czech Folksong. Buzzing with restless energy, the rondo theme creates a stark contrast to the preceding Intermezzo. This energy, however, is interrupted by sad, lyrical episodes for the cello. Smetana creates rhythmic drive through the simultaneous sounding of duplets and triplets through long passages in the 6/8 time movement. When the secondary theme returns near the end, it is transformed into a funeral march, with drum-like figures as accompaniment. Perhaps surprisingly, the work ends in the major mode. The Piano Trio is dedicated to Karel Stecker.
Provided to YouTube by Kontor New Media GmbH The Bartered Bride: Act II - "Komm, mein Söhnchen, auf ein Wort - Wer in Lieb' entbrannt" · Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, Staatskapelle Dresden & Otmar Suitner Opera Duets - SMETANA, B. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / BIZET, G. / VERDI, G. / MOZART, W.A. / LORTZING, A. (Schreier, Adam) ℗ VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin Released on: 2009-04-07 Conductor: Otmar Suitner Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden Composer: Bed?ich Smetana Music Publisher: Copyright Control Tenor: Peter Schreier Baritone: Theo Adam Auto-generated by YouTube.
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) - Prodaná nevěsta, opera o 3 dějstvích - The Bartered Bride, Opera in 3 acts - Проданная невеста, опера в трех действиях Libretto: Karel Sabina Overture and Act I Krušina - Jindřich Jindrák Ludmila - Marie Veselá Marěnka - Gabriela Beňačková-Čápová Mícha - Jaroslav Horáček Háta - Marie Mrázová Vašek - Miroslav Kopp Jeník - Peter Dvorský Kecal - Richard Novák Alfréd Hampel, Jana Jonašova, Karel Hanuš Czech Philharmonic Chorus Czech Philharmonioc Orchestra (1981) Zdeněk Košler --------------------
Leo Marian Vodička (Dalibor) Eva Děpoltová (Milada) Národní divadlo v Praze
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