Well, so much for being right back with a new post, as promised! It’s been a busy time for me, but don’t worry, I’ve got quite a bit in the pipeline, and being my much awaited spring break this week (albeit with Celesta duties with the HSO in Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta), I may get a couple of more things posted very soon.
Meanwhile, as promised several posts back (where Smetáček made a brief appearance), here’s a very rare Ultraphon set, and a lovely version of the Dvořák Legends it is. One has to look past some intonational deficiencies and a rather boxy recording, but it’s worth the effort to hear some affectionate music making of works that are obviously close to the heart of the players, especially during this difficult era in Czech history. By the way, you can also hear Václav Smetáček as an oboist in Janáček’s Mládí (in this post). He was a founding member of the Prague Wind Quintet.
Thanks again to Mike Gartz for the use of his copy of this set!
Dvořák: Legends, Op. 59, B.122
Dvořák: Festival March (Slavnostní pochod), Op.54a, B.88
FOK Orchestra (Symphonický orchestr hl.m.Prahy FOK)
Václav Smetáček, Conductor
Recorded November 30, 1939 & January 25, 1940 (Legends); November 9, 1939 (Festival March)
Ultraphon F 12285/87; 12326/28
(matr. 042598, 042580, 042639/44, 042578/9, 042497)