BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824-1884): Richard III, Op. 11, Wallenstein’s Camp, Op. 14, Hakon Jarl, Op. 16, Scherzo from Festive Symphony, Op. 6.
Catalogue Number: 01U027
Description: The dual influences of Berlioz and Liszt are present in these symphonic poems from 1858-61. Richard III is not a programmatic drama, but focuses instead on the haunting scene before the Battle of Bosworth in Shakespeare’s play. Wallenstein’s Camp is symphonically structured, while Hakon Jarl dramatizes the life of the tyrannical Viking warrior with memorable flair. Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Leoš Svárovský.