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Bedrich Smetana

July 19, 2011

My Homeland

Czech composer Bedrich Smetana wrote a set of tone poems that he called Ma Vlast. A literal translation is My Country. But a more idiomatic translation might be My Homeland, a name that gives that sense of groundedness and belonging. Today and tomorrow, a look at Smetana's homeland. We'll hear four of the six pieces, including the most famous, The Moldau.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp Minor, from the Well-Tempered Clavier
    Vladimir Feltsman, piano
  • Ketil Bjornstad
    Tribute to Summer
    Ketil Bjornstad, piano
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Peteris Vasks
    Dolcissimo, from Gramata Cellam
    Sol Gabetta, cello and voice
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Anonymous
    Dananza Amorosa
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
    Tim Day, flute, the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Caryl Florio
    Two movements from Quartette
    The West Circle Saxophone Quartet
    Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Columbia, Missouri
  • Francisco Tarrega
    Capricho Arabe
    Sharon Isbin, guitar
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

hour 2

  • Bedrich Smetana
    The Bear, from Ten Czech Dances
    The Czech Nonet
  • Claude Debussy
    Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano
    Janine Jansen, violin, Itamar Golan, piano
    Royal Conservatory, Brussels, Belgium
  • Gabriel Faure
    Apres un Reve (After a Dream)
    Janine Jansen, violin, Itamar Golan, piano
    Royal Conservatory, Brussels, Belgium
  • Bedrich Smetana
    Excerpts from Ma Vlast (My Homeland)
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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