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Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, Etc / Mackerras, Söderström, Et Al

Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000641602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Jaroslav SoucekZdenek SvehlaJitka PavlováAdolf Tomaschek,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles MackerrasDavid Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Sinfonietta members
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's understandable that Decca would choose this set as representative of Charles Mackerras' epochal Janácek opera series. The performance is uniformly excellent, beginning with the astonishing Elisabeth Söderström in the title role and ending with gorgeous playing by the Vienna Philharmonic. But although this may have been the first of the lot, it isn't quite the best: that honor probably belongs to The Makropulos Case, which captures what may be the soprano's greatest recorded performance, one that has no serious recorded competition interpretively speaking (even from Supraphon's competing version).

Furthermore, Mackerras remade this same opera for Supraphon with the equally superb Czech Philharmonic,
Read more featuring Gabriela Benacková as a no-less-involving heroine. If anything, the conducting there is even more exciting, and the playing is marginally sharper and clearer in texture. I can still recommend this performance wholeheartedly. It was and remains a magnificent achievement, and the music finds Janácek at his most lyrical and immediately appealing. The presence of the two mini-piano concertos also makes a nice bonus. If you don't know these Janácek operas, this is the work (alongside Jenufa) to get you started.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Kát'a Kabanová by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Jaroslav Soucek (Baritone), Zdenek Svehla (Tenor), Jitka Pavlová (Alto),
Adolf Tomaschek (Baritone), Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor), Gertrude Jahn (Alto),
Hedwig Drechsler (Voice), Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Peter Dvorsky (Tenor),
Nadezda Kniplova (Mezzo Soprano), Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass), Libuse Márová (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 100 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Capriccio for Piano left hand and Winds "Defiance" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 07/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 07/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Zázrak!
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Pojd'me mu s cesty!
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Proc bych neodpovedel?
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Co pak je?
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Chces-li matky poslechnout
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Tak vidis, porad jen pro ni!
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Interlude I
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Vis, co mi napadlo?
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Nu coz?
Capriccio: 2. Adagio
Káta Kabanová / Act 1: Je cas, Tichone
Capriccio: 3. Allegretto
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Vida, chvástala jsi se
Capriccio: 4. Andante
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Vida! Nestesti!
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Nic zvlástniho
Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra: 1. Moderato
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Interlude II
Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra: 2. Piů mosso
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Nikoho tu neni!
Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra: 3. Con moto
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Vida, taky si vysel na toulku!
Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra: 4. Allegro
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Za vodou, za vodickou
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: Jste to vy, Katerino Petrovno?
Káta Kabanová / Act 2: To jste si vymyslily peknou vec!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Krápe!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Celeho mne to pokropilo!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Pssst! Pssst! Zda se, ze je to on!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Ach, Varvaro!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Ach, Glaso!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Videt se s nim
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Svedl nás Buh!
Káta Kabanová / Act 3: Ptácci prileti na mohylu
Capriccio: 1. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 What a surprise September 13, 2013 By Keith Messersmith (Ashland, PA) See All My Reviews "The first in the Mackerras Janacek series, I bought this release and was pleasantly surprised by the melodious and dramatic surprises of this opera. Now I have bought every title in this series, and enjoy them all. Singing is faultless, and the engineering is as top knotch as the Culshaw, Solti Wagner series. Highly reccommended" Report Abuse
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