Smetana: Polkas, Bagatelles & Impromptus

Brilliant piano works by Czech Smetana

 

Virtuoso Czech pianist Radoslav Kvapil turns his attention to countryman Bedrich’s Smetana‘s work in this exciting, lively collection.

Includes: Macbeth and the Witches, Memories of Bohemia in Polka Form, Czech Dances 1 (1877), Bagatelles and Impromptus (1844) and selections from Three Salon Polkas (Op. 7) and Three Poetic Pieces (Op. 8).

“Kvapil is entirely inside this repertoire… a highly sensitive exponent” (Penguin Guide)

“[The Dances] should be better known, and domestic pianists would find a good many of them well within finger-reach; anyone can take pleasure in Kvapil’s expert, sensitive performances, which touch delicately on the emotions lying beneath the music’s surface…  Allusive pieces which bear the same relationship as Chopin’s Mazurkas do to their parent dance… The second set form an attractive and well-contrasted group. The earlier Bagatelles and Impromptus of 1844 are much simpler, and have a direct lyricism that was coloured by his love for his future wife Katerina” (Gramophone)