Special Historic Gramophone Award for Talich’s live recording of My Country
The Czech Philharmonic’s sound, renown and international triumphs, as well as its first recordings, are organically linked with the conductor Václav Talich. The performance of Bedřich Smetana’s My Country on 5 June 1939 at the National Theatre in Prague, during the time of the Nazi Germany’s Protectorate, was a bold manifestation of his patriotism. The emotional charge of the moment gave rise to probably his best album of the piece. The recording of the concert, as well as of the performance of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, which the National Theatre hosted four days later, has been preserved owing to their having been directly broadcast on the radio in several European cities. The Supraphon recording was released in August 2011, and the next year it received the Gramophone Special Historic Award.