Fibich: Orchestral Works
Fibich: Othello, Op 6 (16:59)
Czech National Symphony Orchestra / Marek Štilec
Less well-known than his compatriots Dvořák and Smetana, Zdenĕk Fibich was one of the great Czech composers of his day. These symphonic poems span the best part of his career, starting with Othello, which emphasizes the intertwined fates of Shakespeare’s main characters. More nationalist in character, Záboj, Slavoj and Luděk impressed Smetana when he was working on Má vlast, while Toman and the Wood Nymph is an evocative and tragic tale of supernatural romantic yearnings. The Tempest encapsulates Shakespeare’s story, and Spring depicts the season in all its variety.