Magazine article Czech Music

Bedrich Smetana Czech Dances I, II, Bettina's Polka (2Nd Version), Venkovanka [A Countrywoman], Andante in F Minor, Romance in G Minor

Magazine article Czech Music

Bedrich Smetana Czech Dances I, II, Bettina's Polka (2Nd Version), Venkovanka [A Countrywoman], Andante in F Minor, Romance in G Minor

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Bedrich Smetana Czech Dances I, II, Bettina's Polka (2nd Version), Venkovanka [A Countrywoman], Andante in F minor, Romance in G minor

Jitka Cechova -- piano.

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Production: Petr Vit. Text: Cz., Eng., Ger., Fr.

Recorded: 1, 2/2007, Rudolfinum Prague.

Released: 2007. TT: 65:33. DDD. 1 CD

Supraphon SU 3843-2.

Few pianists are as perfectly fitted for the interpretation of Smetana's Czech Dances as Jitka Cechova. She has outstanding technique, an unusually colourful touch, a great gift for creative fantasy and an extraordinary sense for structure. In this recording she uses all these advantages brilliantly and just as on the preceding two CDs confirms that she is one of our most remarkable interpreters of Smetana. In her excellent accompanying text, Olga Mojzisova points out that in his Czech Dances Smetana created not just unique piano stylisations of folk dances, but also "piano dance poems". Jitka Cechova's performance shows there can be not the slightest doubt of this dimension of the Czech Dances, especially the second series. As she plays them, every dance has its own unique mood, and in most of them we can trace a hidden extra-musical programme that often has a hint of a genre picture or even a poetic story. …

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