Irvin Venys (clarinet), Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Marek Stilec (conductor)
Zdenek Fibich was one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the 19th Century, after his Czech predecessor, Smetana, and near-contemporary, Dvorak. His Symphony No 2 in E-flat major Op 38 is one of his greatest orchestral works, holding in perfect balance the dual influences of the Czech Nationalist School (and particularly Dvorak) as well as Austro-German models such as Schumann, Weber and Wagner. Most of the main themes derive from some of his own piano pieces but they are integrated and developed in masterly fashion. At Twilight is a lusciously scored orchestral piece, while the Idyll is gently melancholic.
Fibich Symphony No 2 in E-flat major Op 38, At Twilight Op 39, Selanka (Idyll) Op 16
Running Time: 1 hr 3 min