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Published on Dec 19, 2009
This is "Vyšehrad" from "My Country" (Má Vlast), a cycle of symphonic poems composed in 1872-74 by Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884).
Vyšehrad is a castle located in the Czech Republic, built in the tenth century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana and Karel Čapek. Vyšehrad and the area around it became part of the capital city, Prague, in 1883. The area is one of the cadastral districts of the city.
Performance: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Václav Talich (1883-1961). Recorded in the Rudolfinum, Prague: June 1954.