Bedřich Smetana was born in Bohemia on 2 March 1824 and died in Prague on 12 May 1884. Generally regarded as the father of Czech music, he also wrote the work which most people regard as the father of Czech operas - The Bartered Bride. Nonetheless, his output was richly varied despite his deafness in later life.
CD Spotlight. Fresh and Startlingly Immediate - Forgotten recordings from George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, unreservedly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... the music is dispatched with energetic vigour, which was the hallmark of all Szell's performances.'
Ensemble. Particularly Irresistible - Music by Smetana, Martinů and Dvořák from Laura van der Heijden, Pietari Inkinen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler