Smetana Ma Vlast

Which is the best version of this wonderful piece?
I don't know what your taste run to or what you've heard, but here are a few that come to mind....From the romantic period: Fibich, Novak, and a BIG one, Franz Liszt. From the modern period Martinu and Rozsa. That, and the few I mentioned before will keep you busy for a while, but if you get bored, go to the Supraphon site - they are one of the primere lables for Czech (and Eastern European) music.
One Ma Vlast not yet mentioned, but which is among my favorites, is Libor Pesek's on Virgin with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra.
This is why collecting classical music is interesting. You can't just have one version. The Gramophone magazine is the only one I know of that has a special section dedicated to a major work each month. In this section, you will read an in-depth analysis of all the versions available on the market for the selected work.
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