Smetana: Czech Dances, Series II; Six Characteristic Pieces

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COMPOSERS: Smetana
LABELS: Supraphon
WORKS: Czech Dances, Series II; Six Characteristic Pieces
PERFORMER: Jan Novotny´ (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: SU 3070-2 AAD 1972/80
These two sets of piano pieces come from near the beginning and end of Smetana’s composing career. The Czech Dances, with their dazzling virtuosity and rich, often quirky harmonies are a delight and in this idiomatic performance repay careful listening. The Six Characteristic Pieces, though early, are full of fascinating detail and abound with pre-echoes of Smetana’s later style. In both sets, Jan Novotny´ tempers the fireworks with intelligent expressiveness and impressive rhythmic control. Jan Smaczny

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