15. Bedřich Smetana - Vltava (for piano for four hands arranged by the composer) 11:48
Total time 67:45
Petr Jiříkovský (5-15) - piano
Daniel Wiesner (1-4,15) - piano
Smetana composed Czech Dances between 1877 (Part I) and 1879 (Part II). In this unparalleled masterpiece he brought together and connected the two above: Czech folk music and virtuoso piano stylization. Part I. of the Czech Dances is, in its composition
technique and overall conception, a follow-up to two previous cycles - salon polkas opus 7, and Poetic Polkas opus 8. Part II. of the Czech Dances is a stylization of the Czech folk songs, which were in the past invisibly connected with dance.
It is not by accident that a four-hand arrangement of one of Smetana´s most popular compositions - the symphonic poem Vltava from the work Má vlast (My country) - complements this recording, since Smetana used polka motifs to evoke local color in Vltava.
In Smetana´s own four-hands arrangement, the colorful character of orchestra instrumentation has been transformed into a piano composition.
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