Smetana

Smetana

Bedřich Smetana was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style that became closely identified with his people's aspirations to a cultural and political "revival." He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Internationally he is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Má vlast ("My Fatherland"), which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer's native Bohemia. It contains the famous symphonic poem "Vltava", also popularly known by its German name "Die Moldau" (in English, "The Moldau"). Smetana was naturally gifted as a composer, and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. After conventional schooling, he studied music under Josef Proksch in Prague. His first nationalistic music was written during the 1848 Prague uprising, in which he briefly participated. After failing to establish his career in Prague, he left for Sweden, where he set up as a teacher and choirmaster in Gothenburg, and began to write large-scale orchestral works. In the early 1860s, a more liberal political climate in Bohemia encouraged Smetana to return permanently to Prague. He threw himself into the musical life of the city, primarily as a champion of the new genre of Czech opera.

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  • Schumann: Fantasiestücke; Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata; Smetana: Piano Trio (2016)

    R.Schumann: Fantasiestücke; S.Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata; B.Smetana: Piano Trio by Various Composers, from Verbier Festival, performed at Verbier Church, 2016. Starring Daniil Trifonov, Gautier Capuçon and Leonidas Kavakos.

  • Verbier Festival 2018 - The Verbier 25th Anniversary Concert (2018)

    Verbier Festival 2018 - The Verbier 25th Anniversary Concert by B. Smetana, J. Brahms, J. S. Bach, M. Pletnev, S. Rachmaninov, A. Dvořák, W. Lutosławski, G. Rossini, P. Heidrich, W. A. Mozart, G. F. Händel and J. Strauss, from Verbier Festival, performed at Salle des Combins, 2018. Conductor Gá...

  • The 25th Anniversary Concert for Great Pianists (2018)

    Verbier Festival 25th Anniversary - Piano by B. Smetana, J. Brahms, J. S. Bach, M. Pletnev, S. Rachmaninov, A. Dvořák, W. Lutosławski and G. Rossini, from Verbier Festival, performed at Salle des Combins, Verbier, 2018. Starring Yuja Wang, Daniil Trifonov, Evgeny Kissin, András Schiff, Seong-Jin ...