Otakar Jeremiáš. Smetana: Má vlast (1943 Ultraphon)

There are so many essential recordings of Má vlast, that it’s nearly impossible to keep the list down to a handful. Talich (3 versions), Kubelik (at least 5!), Sejna, Krombholc & Ancerl, are just some of the Czech conductors who made important recordings of the work. This Jeremiáš version is one of three wartime versions, along with one by Karel Jirák and the Prague National Theater Orchestra on Esta (released on an early lp set by Mercury), and Vaclav Talich’s HMV recording (released on cd by Biddulph). This Jeremiáš reading makes most of its points in an understated way. It’s not without the requisite drama, but it’s very much an organic part of a more lyrically and linearly conceived approach. The playing is quite fine…it’s difficult to find a poorly played recording by a Czech orchestra!

I offered this recording several years ago (only as an Mp3), and decided to revisit my original files and improve the side joins rather than simply convert my older transfer to Flac.

Smetana: Má vlast
Otakar Jeremiáš, conductor
Prague Radio Orchestra
Ultraphon G 12535-44
Recorded c. 1940/41

 

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Read Robert Cowan’s survey of Má vlast on record from Gramophone Magazine here.

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2 Responses to Otakar Jeremiáš. Smetana: Má vlast (1943 Ultraphon)

  1. Problembär says:

    Thank you very much for this superb transfer, Neal! I always regretted not buying an Arlecchino disc I had seen of this recording at my local Tower Records back in the late 1990's. Thank you again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Neal. I loved the Jeremias Ma Vlast so much, I sat me down to work some on it. I took out some clandestine clicks left from your cleaning, minimized hiss, compensated for mid-hi freqs lost thereby and also refurbished shy bass and played a bit with the phases on both channels to break the “cone-like” single mono picture of sound between L/R speakers. Below are the links to the files in case you and anyone else here might want to listen to a cleaner and livelier sound picture of this wonderful rendition. (Incidentally the Dante/Lys CD gave as recording year 1943, not 1941-42.) Many thanks too for the Golovanov-Liszt! So very inspirational without the bombast. Rapidshare to my Jeremias flacs:http://rapidshare.com/files/391187047/Jeremias_Ma_Vlast_Part_1_flac.rarhttp://rapidshare.com/files/391163431/Jeremias_Ma_Vlast_Part_2_flac.rarBest, doghouse_reilly

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