Smetana: The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta, Die verkaufte Braut)

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Opera in 3 acts, 1981 Television production


Gabriela Benacková, Peter Dvorský, Richard Novák, Miroslav Kopp, Marie Veselá, Jindrich Jindrák, Marie Mrázová, Jaroslav Horá?ek, Jana Jonášová & Alfréd Hampl

Prague Philharmonic Chorus & Czech Philharmonic, Zdenek Košler

English subtitles

“Enjoy this for the superb performances of two great Slovak voices, Benackova and Dvorsky, superbly accompanied by Zdenek Kosler.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride


Ludmila Cervinková (Marenka), Jarmila Palivcova (Ludmilla), Ladislav Mraz (Krusina), Josef Heriban (Micha), Rudolf Vonásek (Vasek), Vera Krilová (Hata), Josef Heriban (Micha), Beno Blachut (Jenik), Karel Kalas (Kecal), Bohumir Vich (Circus master), Jarmilla Pechová (Esmeralda), Jan Soumar (Indian)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Chorus, Karel Ancerl

Opera dOro - OPD1354

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Bedrich Smetana, Vol. 2 (1933)

Bedrich Smetana, Vol. 2 (1933)


Smetana:

The Bartered Bride


Zdenek Otava (bass), Mata Krasonova (mezzo-soprano), Marie Pixova (soprano), Emil Pollert (baritone), Jaroslav Gleich (tenor), Jan Konstantin (baritone), Ada Nordenova (soprano), Vladimir Toms (baritone)

Prague National Opera Company Orchestra, Prague National Opera Company Chorus, Otakar Ostrcil

Documents - 298309

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

sung in Czech


Tomás Juhás (Jeník), Dana Buresová (Marenka), Jozsef Benci (Kecal), Svotapluk Sem (Krusina), Stanislava Jirku (Ludmilla), Ales Vorácek (Vasek), Jaroslav Brezina (Ringmaster), Katerina Knezíková (Esmeralda), Ondrej Mráz (Indian), Lucie Hilscherová (Háta), Gustáv Belácek (Micha), Maxim Dusek (First Child) & Babette Rust (Second Child)

BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

“It's a thoughtful, searching interpretation that emphasises Smetana's bittersweet sense of comedy and is, at times, extraordinarily moving; it might not be quite to your taste if you view the piece primarily as bucolic farce. Bělohlávek occasionally deploys bigger, more dramatic voices than we would usually find in western European performances...Voráček [is] the best ever Vašek” The Guardian, 13th September 2012 ****

“The slimlined BBC Symphony Orchestra adapts admirably to Jiri Belohlavek's blend of rustic cheerfulness and Wagnerian hues; they are absolutely irresistable in the Dance of the Comedians...Dana Buresová and Tomás Juhás are not, perhaps, the most warm-hearted of lovers, but both negotiate Smetana's technical challenges with aplomb.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

“Deep joy…One of those opera recordings that you’re reluctant to switch off” The Arts Desk, 10th November 2012

“[Belohlavek] has something of Wolfgang Sawallisch's temperament: intelligent, alert but observing the music from an objective mid-distance...But even chestnuts such as the famous Overture lack that extra edge of vitality often heard elsewhere...[Buresova] comes to the role of Marenka as a Smetana specialist whose every phrase has a ring of truth.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“an irresistible performance...Effervescent from overture to the finale, the BBC Symphony Orchestra plays with sheeny strings, while the BBC Singers deliver crisp and clear ensemble...although Dana Buresova and Tomas Juhas enjoy the sweetest melodies as the frustrated lovers, tenor Ales Voracek steals the show as the stuttering Vasek.” The Independent, 2nd December 2012 *****

“If none of the names in Belohlavek’s all-Czech cast is of the household variety, they have this “nationalist” tragicomedy in their blood.” Sunday Times, 9th December 2012

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902119/20

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Favorite Overtures, Vol. 1

Favorite Overtures, Vol. 1


Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Bernstein:

Candide - Overture

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride

Thomas, Ambroise:

Mignon Overture

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


United States Air Force Band, Arnald D. Gabriel

Mark Records - 5523-MCD

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Sung in German


Fritz Wunderlich (Hans), Gottlob Frick (Kezal) & Pilar Lorengar (Marie), Marcel Cordes (Kruschina), Nada Puttar (Kathinka), Ivan Sardi (Micha), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Ernst Krukowski (Springer), Gertrud Freedman (Esmeralda), Walter Stoll (Muff)

Rudolf Kempe

Smetana’s masterpiece with Fritz Wunderlich: Among the German-language recordings, experts agree that this is the best: Fritz Wunderlich at the height of his powers, Pilar Lorengar in what is “perhaps her best recording” (Jürgen Kesting) and Gottlob Frick, who lends the comic character of the marriage broker a hint of authority and dignity. Last but not least, Rudolf Kempe conducts with controlled panache.

Recorded in 1962

Warner Classics Cologne Collection - 0823542

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Live Recording 11. November 1960


Hans Braun (Krušina), Hilde Konetzni (Ludmila), Irmgard Seefried (Marie), Ludwig Welter (Micha), Rosette Anday (Háta), Murray Dickie (Wenzel), Waldemar Kmentt (Hans), Oskar Czerwenka (Kecal), László Szemere (Zirkusdirektor), Liselotte Maikl (Esmeralda) & Hans Schweiger (Muff)

Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Berislav Klobucar

Smetana's The Bartered Bride, performed in German, it has long been a regular part of Vienna's mainstream operatic repertory. In 1960 this production was captured by Austrian Radio in a performance that immortalised the interpretations of the original principals from 1959.The cast was headed by Irmgard Seefried, a great favourite with Viennese audiences.At the time of this recording she could already look back on a stage career lasting 20 years, and yet she had retained the youthful freshness necessary for Marie/Marenka.The other half of this dream couple was Waldemar Kmentt as Jeník, or Hans, one of the roles with which the Austrian tenor was rightly most closely associated.The tragicomedy of his stuttering stepbrother is well caught by Murray Dickie avoiding buffo excess.The self-infatuated and vainglorious marriage broker Kecal is entirely plausible when the role is played by another Viennese operatic institution, the distinguished Upper Austrian bass Oskar Czerwenka.The smaller roles are also cast from strength by singers of the calibre of Hilde Konetzni, Rosette Anday and László Szemere, all of whom milk their brief scenes for all that they are worth. A lively and yet always well-disciplined performance is further guaranteed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Berislav Klobucar, who, often criminally undervalued, presided genially over countless repertory performances in Vienna.

“[Klobucar] knows how to weight Smetana's sometimes Germanic scoring more towards Liszt than Brahms...Irmgard Seefried would be the greatest interpretative Marenka on disc if she was singing the role in Martian - she even finds a special voice for the Act Two duet when she tries putting Vašek off marriage.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - Wiener Staatsoper live - C785092i

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Recorded 1952 first time on CD


Milada Musilová (Marenka), Ivo Žídek (Jeník), Karel Kalaš (Kecal) & Oldrich Kovár (Vašek)

Chorus and Orchestra National Theatre in Prague, Jaroslav Vogel

During the course of the 20th century Smetana’s The Bartered Bride had numerous complete recordings which documented the interpretational mastery of the artists associated with Prague’s National Theatre. Supraphon is now releasing the first-ever CD of this underrated recording of the production conducted by Jaroslav Vogel, which for a long time – primarily in the shadow of Zdenek Chalabala’s and Zdenek Košler’s celebrated albums – has awaited rediscovery. The twenty-five-year-old Ivo Žídek (Jeník) and the twenty years older Oldrich Kovár (Vašek) appear here in their pivotal roles. You can also look forward to savouring the stellar performances of Milada Musilová (Marenka), Karel Kalaš (Kecal) and other singers.

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Supraphon Czech Opera Treasures - SU39802

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Directed by Otto Schenk


Sung in German, with subtitles

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DG Unitel - 0734360

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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

sung in German


Warner Classics Mid-Price Opera - 3818722

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