I bought this DVD over a year ago, but just got around to watching it. What a blessing it is, too! Very sad the this great conductor did not film more. The director, Hugo Kach, has done a remarkable service to the music and the orchestra. I had to twiddle with my audio equalizer a bit to get the sound balanced successfully, but now it is perfect. From the magnificent opening, played by two harps, one longs for that feeling of love for one's country that Smetana colors this work. There is an almost heartbreaking yearning for homeland in this piece. Most of us have lost that patriotism and pride so common to most people, especially when remembered through the eyes and ears of a master composer. Rafael Kubelik draws out of his orchestra the true spirit of a lost country ravaged by war and constant turmoil. It is difficult to single out one section of this fine orchestra, but the brass are particularly powerful and convincing. This is collaborative music making at its best. Kubelik and the players are as one mind, heart, and spirit. Very emotional performance and visually beautiful as well. Five stars are not enough!