Smetana – Má Vlast (complete)
Conductor: Jac van Steen (pictured)
Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Jac van Steen, who is Principal Guest Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Smetana’s Má Vlast is considered a paragon of Czech nationalism, and is a piece which celebrates the culture and history, countryside and people of the region. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Smetana’s birth in 2024, this is a work which is normally performed as independent pieces, but only in the full six-work cycle is Smetana’s grand conception fully realised.
Vyšehrad depicts a high castle overlooking Prague, the famous Vltava traces the journey of Czechia’s longest river from source to sea passing festivities along the way, whilstŠárka tells a bloody tale of revenge and slaughter.
From the meadows and woods of Bohemia is a colourful landscape painting that illustrates the beauties of Bohemia; the poetry of its woods and its fruitful fields. Tábor and Blaník both celebrate a past, glorious era; Tábor is the capital of the Hussite empire in the early 1400s and Blaník is the mountain where legend said that the great army of St. Wenceslas slept, ready to wake during time of need.
By Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.