Classical Music Month #3
"Vltava (The Moldau)" is the most popular movement in Smetana's set of symphonic poems, "Ma Vlast", or "My Homeland". Vltava in particular evokes the image of a grand river (hence its namesake), at times roaring and turbulent, and at others serene and reflective.
One of the most powerful uses of the orchestra sound I've ever heard. From the opening to its triumphant finale, the composer seems to want to capture every surrounding, every motion, every feeling into is sound and it's truly something to behold. Nothing can quite top the sound of a full symphony ensemble firing on all cylinders with a piece as rich in color and motion as this. A single flute opens this piece with a rolling melody. It is soon joined by another, the duet slowly building into the entrance of the strings, as glorious and powerful as any grand river. It's an absolute masterpiece.
Interesting I hear people often drive up the tempo for this one, a musical choice I never really agreed with. It's not a race-- you have to feel the strength and majesty of the music, not use it to show off (technically impressive though it may be). Films:
It's Such a Beautiful Day
Tree of Life