Composed By – Bedřich Smetana. Conductor – Walter Weller. Orchestra – Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Photography By – Zefa, London. 1979 The Decca Record Company Limited, London. Liner Photo Of Prague By Zefa, London.
While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works
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Má Vlast (My Country): 2. Vltava. By Bedřich Smetana - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Walter Weller. By Giuseppe Verdi - Andrea Bocelli, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Zubin Mehta. Concerto For Violin And Strings in E, Op. 8, No. 1, R. 69 "La Primavera": 1. Allegro (Live). By Antonio Vivaldi - Isaac Stern, Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 "Spring": I. Allegro. The 110-member Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's major symphonic ensembles, often described as "Israel's foremost cultural asset" and regarded by many as the "Orchestra of the Jewish People. As an organization it has a unique history and heritage. Central European musical traditions were carried into the Middle East from the time of the first mass migration of Jews, in the 1880s, to Turkish-ruled Palestine.
Conductor Walter Weller does a fine job, and if you like your Smetana unfussy, you can't do much better than this performance. If you compare Weller's timings with Neeme Jarvi's and the Detroit Symphony on Chandos, you'll find that they don't differ by more than a few seconds in any of the six movements of the score. So either one is a good bet for a leaner, swifter treatment of the score than you'll hear with many other conductors. There are plenty of great recordings of Ma Vlast.