ZDENEK FIBICH (1850-1900): Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Overture A Night at Karlstejn Castle, Comenius - Festival Overture, Overture to The Jew of Prague*, Ballet Music from the Opera Hedy, Op. 43*, March from the Melodrama Hippodamia's Death, Op. 33, Prologue to the Opening of the New Czech Theatre*, The Great Musical Monograph of the Building of the National Theatre*, Music for the Reopening of the National Theatre*, Music for the Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Amos Comenius* * - World Premiere Recordings.

Catalogue Number: 12Q004

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573310

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: This fourth and, probably, final volume brings 38 minutes of First Recordings: the main ones being a relatively early overture to incidental music for a stage play The Jew of Prague (1871) which is already recognizably Fibich in sound, and the 18 minutes of ballet music from the composer's opera Hedy (1894-95 and based on Byron's "Don Juan"). The latter consists of five consecutive dances with prologue and epilogue not worlds away from Tchaikovsky or Delibes but with a definite Bohemian flavor in a couple of them. The remaining premieres are tableaux vivants - short occasional pieces for important civic events not intended to outlive their original purpose but, again, recognizable and attractive additions to the Fibich discography. Czech National Symphony Orchestra; Marek Stilec.

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