Magazine article Czech Music

Jitka Cechova: Bedrich Smetana-Piano Works VI

Magazine article Czech Music

Jitka Cechova: Bedrich Smetana-Piano Works VI

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Jitka Cechova

Bedrich Smetana--Piano Works VI

Jitka Cechova--piano.

Text: Czech, English, German,

French. Recorded: Nov., Dec. 2012,

Studio Martinek, Prague.

Released: 2013. TT: 75:45. DDD. 1 CD

Supraphon SU 3846-2.

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The majority of the twenty-two pieces Jitka Cechova has included on her new Smetana CD were written within a relatively short time range, between 1844 and 1848. The bulk of them are works seldom heard on concert stages, and the album also contains the previously unreleased Smetana composition Erinnerung an Weimar from Princess Marie von Sayn-Wittgenstein's album. The largest scope in the variegated genre spectrum is given over to programme and occasional pieces, with two marches representing Smetana's "utility" oeuvre. Amid this musical kaleidoscope, Jitka Cechova was afforded a unique opportunity to showcase her artistry in various nuances of expression and frames of mind--and the pianist has made use of it to the full. As was the case of all her previous recordings, the most captivating aspects are the sheer colourfulness of her playing (Im Walde, Das Schafermadchen, Die Verzweiflung), a remarkable sense of poetry (the Chopinesque Woodland Feelings and Impressions, Pensee fugitive, Romanza in B flat major) and drama (Erwachende Leidenschaft, Die Verzweiflung). …

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