Fibich: Overtures; Ballet Music from Hedy

Fibich: Overtures; Ballet Music from Hedy

by Marek Stilec


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Release Date: 12/09/2014
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313331079
catalogNumber: 8573310
Rank: 183225


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  2. Music for the Reopening of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  3. The Great Musical Monograph of the Building of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  4. Prologue to the Opening of the New Czech Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  5. Hedy, opera, Op. 43: Ballet music
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Orchl Works 4 (Fibich / Stilec / Czech National Sym Orch) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RGraves321 More than 1 year ago
Zdenek Fibich was almost an exact contemporary of Antonin Dovrak. And like his fellow Czech, Fibish's music in infused with the energy of his country's folk music. Volume Four of Naxos' ongoing traversal of Fibich's orchestral music is perhaps the most exciting installment so far. The disc collects several of Fibich's overtures, as well as the ballet music to hone of his opera, "Hedy.". The scores are from Fibich operas, and all are real curtain-raisers. If you're not familiar with Fibich, these works share the same freshness and energy of Dvorak's concert overtures. The opera "Hedy" (based on Byron's Don Juan) is filled with exciting ballet sequences, and the 17-minute concert suite Fibich created from it is a high point of the release. While perhaps not quite on par with Tchaikovsky, Fibich nevertheless manages to create charming dances that practically command the listener's body to respond in some way -- if not by dancing around the room, then at least by tapping one's foot (as I did quite frequently). Marek Stilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubic play these works with the deep understanding only a native ensemble can bring to Czech repertoire. The pace is quick, the fortes joyfully loud, and the ensemble is fully committed to making these works come alive -- which they do.