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« Reply #3315 on: January 15, 2022, 01:04:27 pm »

I'm afraid that when I've listened to Fibich symphonies in the past,as downloads,usually burned onto cd-r's,they haven't exactly tickled my fancy (to bring up Hylda Baker,again!). I know there are some who enjoy his music and other's who find him a crashing disappointment,next to Dvořák or Smetana. I have heard,however,that Sejna's recording's are the best,and,perhaps like a Czech version of Beecham,has a way of bringing out some qualities in these scores,that all others,somehow,miss! Well,I listened to this cd when I got up this morning and I've got to admit that for the first time ever,I really did enjoy these scores. In Šejna's hand's they seem a bit like early Dvořák,in some ways,,and I can understand why people would enjoy Fibich in these recording's. He's still not "up there" with Dvorak (or even early Dvořák) and I don;t think he ever will be;but a nice listen,anyway.And not everyone can be a Dvořák,can they? Fibich obviously achieved allot,in his own more modest way. (I seem to remember being quite impressed by his opera,Šárka! I think it's often cited as his finest work,or masterpiece,as they say?) A pity No 2 is in mono,though (No 3 is in stereo) and as a window on the early years of Czech recording & playing,a very interesting addition to my collection of Czech music! Seller's ask some ridiculous prices for deleted Supraphon cd's like this. I got this for just under a fiver! When I opened the jewel case there was a big sticker on the back of the boojklet! Thankfully,it was the kind that peels off! If you've given up on Fibich,Šejna's recording's of 2 & 3 are worth a try.

Oh,I mustn't forget our "friend",must I ?!! ;D

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