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Smetana: Má Vlast - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)
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  1. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112
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This was not the last recording made by the great Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek; it was taken from festival performances in 2014. It is perhaps, however, the final Belohlávek release, and as such it makes a fine swan song. There is perhaps no Czech symphonic work outside of Dvorák's collection more widely recorded than Má Vlast, Bedrich Smetana's collection of tone poems about the physical Czech landscape. Yet there is no sense of convention about this reading with the king of all Czech ensembles, the Czech Philharmonic ...