The final title in the Talich Special Edition series is a sort of chronological cross-section of Talich's recordings. It opens with the symphonic poems (Vyšehrad, Vltava, Šárka) recorded in 1929 when Talich first caught the recording bug, accepting an offer from His Master's Voice to record Smetana's complete My Country with the Czech Philharmonic. The recording presents Talich at the peak of his powers, standing at the head of his polished and devoted Czech Philharmonic and lauded as one of the greatest directors on the European continent. Talich and the Czech Philharmonic also recorded a remarkable series of Czech compositions (including the Slavonic Dances, Prague Carnival, and Suk's Serenade for String Orchestra) during the 1930's in London.
The recording of the overture to Smetana's Libuše, an opera whose performance had long been forbidden by the Nazis, dates from 1940-41.
Rare recordings from rehearsals give us a unique glimpse into Talich's creative process.
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