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Blodek: In the Well

Blodek: In the Well


Karel Berman, Vojtech Kocián, Libuse Márová, Daniela Sounová-Brouková

Prague National Theatre Orchestra, Kühn Chorus, Kühn Children's Chorus, Jan Stych

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Supraphon - SU00332

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Dvorak: Čert a Káča

Dvorak: Čert a Káča


Anna Barova, Richard Novak, Jaroslav Horacek & Milos Jezil

Brno Janacek Opera Orchestra, Jiri Pinkas

“Though this was never one of the best Supraphon recordings, it's perfectly serviceable.
The plot is complicated, and broadly speaking concerns the bossy Kate who, finding herself a wallflower at the village hop, angrily declares that she would dance with the Devil himself. Up there duly pops a junior devil, Marbuel, who carries her off to hell, where her ceaseless chatter wearies Lucifer himself. The diabolical company is only too happy to allow the shepherd Jirka to remove her again. Jirka, attractively sung by Miloš Ježil, also manages to help the wicked but later repentant Princess to escape the Devil's clutches, and all ends well. The work has a proper coherence, and much good humour besides. Anna Barová's Kate is strong and full of character, but manages not to exclude the charm that should underlie her rantings at Marbuel, who's handsomely sung by Richard Novák.
Brigita Sulcová similarly makes much of the unsympathetic Princess. Jaroslav Horácek enjoys himself hugely as Lucifer and Jirí Pinkas accompanies them well.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Supraphon - 1118002

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Dvorak: Čert a Káča

Dvorak: Čert a Káča


Ludmila Komancová, Premysl Kocí, Lubomír Havlák, Marie Steinerová & Rudolf Asmus

Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Zdenek Chalabala

The success of the symphonic poems Water Sprite, Midday Witch, Golden Spinning-wheel and Pigeon, drawing on themes from folk ballads, encouraged Dvorák to seek inspiration for another opera in Czech popular fairy-tales. After historic themes and comical plots (Dimitri, The Jacobin, The Stubborn Lovers, etc.) the libretto deals with a Chod fairy-tale with all its salient features: the muddleheaded devil, the saucy Kate, who even gives Lucifer himself a piece of her mind, the shrewd shepherd Jirka, as well as justice that in the end is accorded to ordinary people – precisely thanks to the shepherd’s adroitness and the gruesome authority of Hell. Following its successful premiere (1899), the opera’s warm folksy tone contributed to its rapid domestication not only at the National Theatre. The opera as conducted by Zdenek Chalabala and performed by excellent soloists, the orchestra and chorus of the first Czech opera stage in 1955 is now being released on a CD by Supraphon for the first time.

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Dvorak: Der Jakobiner

Dvorak: Der Jakobiner

opera in 3 acts


Beno Blachut, Vilem Pribyl, Daniela Sounova & Karel Prusa

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Pinkas

“This was the first (and, so far, only) recording of Dvorák's charming village comedy – for the Jacobin of the title isn't a political activist but a young man, Bohuš, returning from exile in Paris to his stuffy old father, Count Vilém. The subplots include all manner of misunderstandings, and set in the middle of them is the touching figure of Benda, the fussy, rather pedantic but wholly moving music-master. Dvorák is known to have had in mind his own boyhood teacher, Antonín Liehmann, whose daughter gives her name, Terinka, to Benda's daughter. Beno Blachut celebrated his 64th birthday during the making of this set. His was a long career, as well as one of great distinction; he's still well able to get round the lines of this part, and gives an affecting picture of the old musician, never more so than in the rehearsing of the welcome ode.
This is an idea that's cropped up in opera before, but it's charmingly handled here.
Václav Zítek sings Bohuš pleasantly and Marcela Machotková trips away lightly as Julie.
Vilém PSibyl sounds less than his most energetic, though his voice is in good fettle; and there's some lack of drive from Jirí Pinkas, who might have done more to bring out the often witty touches in Dvorák's scoring. Never mind: this revived version of a delightful piece can be safely recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Milada Subrtova (Rusalka), Ivo Zidek (Prince), Eduard Haken (Water Goblin), Alena Mikova (Foreign Princess), Marie Ovcacikova (Jezibaba)

Czech National Theatre Opera Company, directed by Bohumil Zoul

TV film made in 1975 by Czech Television, Prague. In Czech with subtitles in English, French and German

DVD Video

Region: 2

Format: PAL

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Ludmila Cervinkova (Rusalka), Beno Blachut (Prince), Eduard Haken (Vodnik), Marta Krasova (Jezibaba)

Kormbholc & Prague National Theatre Orchestra, Jaroslav Krombholc

Recorded in 1952

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Gabriela Benackova (Rusalka), Vera Soukupova (Jezibaba), Wieslaw Ochman (Prince), Drahomira Drobkova (Foreign Princess)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Philharmonic Choir, Václav Neumann

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114 (highlights)

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114 (highlights)


Gabriela Benackova (Rusalka), Wieslaw Ochman (The Prince), Drahomira Drobkova (The Foreign Princess), Richard Noval (Watersprite), Jana Jonásova, Daniela Sounová-Broukov, Anna Barov (Dryads), Jindrich Jindrák (Gamekeeper), Jinna Markov (Turnspit), Rená Tucek (Hunter)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Philharmonic Choir, Václav Neumann

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Supraphon - SU37172

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Fibich: Sárka

Fibich: Sárka


Marie Podvalová (Šárka), Lubomír Havlák (Ctirad), Václav Bednár (Prince Premysl), Marta Krásová (Vlasta), Milada Šubrtová (Libyna), Miloslava Fidlerová (Svatava), Jaroslava Vymazalová (Mlada), Ludmila Hanzalíková (Radka), Marie Zalabáková (Hosta), Jaroslava Dobrá (Castava) & Jaroslav Veverka (Vitoraz)

Prague National Theatre Orchestra & Prague National Theatre Opera Chorus, Zdenek Chalabala

The opera Šárka could be termed a joint work of deep love and feeling. Zdenek Fibich composed it at the end of the 19th century to the libretto of Anežka Schulzová, his pupil and love of his life.

The story of Šárka loosely links up to the action of the festive opera Libuše, created by Bedrich Smetana. It depicts the outbreak of the so-called Maidens’ War following the death of the mythical Princess, when women wanted to regain the privileges they had once enjoyed under Libuše’s reign.

Šárka was premiered on 28 December 1897 on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague with Adolf Cech conducting and impressive costume designs by Mikoláš Aleš. Within the Czech Opera Treasures series, our CD presents the hitherto unreleased 1953 recording of the piece conducted by Zdenek Chalabala, who invited the legendary soprano Marie Podvalová to portray Šárka and the heroic tenor Lubomír Havlák to render the role of Ctirad.

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Supraphon Czech Opera Treasures - SU39832

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Janacek: From the House of the Dead

Janacek: From the House of the Dead


Václav Bednár (Goryantchikov), Beno Blachut (Luka Morosoff), Ivo Žídek (Skuratov), Premysl Kocí (Young Prisoner), Jaroslav Striska (Tall Prisoner), Helena Tattermuschová (Alyeya), Jaroslav Horácek (Camp Commandant)

Prague National Theater Chorus and Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

This is the first CD release of the legendary 1964 production of Janácek’s last opera by Bohumil Gregor and soloists of the National Theater.

The vinyl release was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du disque lyrique in Paris in 1978. The cast and direction of the recording refl ect the National Theater production which premiered in April, 1964, breaking new ground in the interpretation of this work.

Janácek wrote his last opera towards the very end of his life, and it wasn’t premiered until 1930, two years after his death. He sketched out the script and wrote the libretto himself, basing it on Dostoevsky’s novel The House of the Dead, which takes place in a Siberian prison camp, describing the fates of individual prisoners.

The work is full of immense compassion for human suffering in that each of the stories demonstrates that a harsh environment and poverty were the main causes of the prisoners’crimes.

This well-preserved recording not only presents a period interpretation of Janácek’s work and the superior quality of the National Theater ensemble, but also an extraordinary musical experience, thanks to the unforgettable vocal performances.

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