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Janácek: Jenufa, Etc / Mackerras, Et Al

Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000830002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Elisabeth SöderströmVera SoukupováJindra PokornaDalibor Jedlicka,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite some fine, recent competition (including the English-language Chandos release) this 1982 recording is still the Jenufa to own. Charles Mackerras, long a Janácek champion, understands the composer's rhythms and uses them as they should be used--to underline the drama in this remarkably theatrical and beautiful work. Elizabeth Söderstrom's Jenufa remains the essence of this poor girl, the noble victim who finds both redemption and love, and while Eva Randova may not match Leonie Rysanek's intensity as the guilty, misled, catastrophe-causing Kostelnicka, she certainly can terrify and has no trouble with the big second-act climaxes. Peter Dvorsky and Wieslav Ochman shine as the
Read more half-brothers, and the rest of the cast performs idiomatically and as a great team. This performance is single-minded in a way that no other has achieved; once you begin listening, your instinct is to play the whole opera through. Superb, medium-priced, and in fine sound.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Jenufa by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Vera Soukupová (Alto), Jindra Pokorna (Mezzo Soprano),
Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor), Eva Randová (Mezzo Soprano),
Peter Dvorsky (Tenor), Ivana Mixová (Mezzo Soprano), Václav Zitek (Baritone),
Marie Mrázová (Alto), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Jana Jonásová (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1982 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 121 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: Composition written: Brno, Czech Republic (1894 - 1903). 
Jenufa: Odesli. Jdi také! [Finale] by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1903; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1982 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: Arranger: Karel Kovarovic. 
Jealousy by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1982 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Jenufa / Act 1: Prelude
Jenufa / Act 1: Uz se vecer chyli
Jenufa / Act 1: Co to robis, mládku?
Jenufa / Act 1: Co ty, Jenufo
Jenufa / Act 1: Dusa moya, Stevo, Stevusko
Jenufa / Act 1: A tak bychom sli celym zivotem
Jenufa / Act 1: Stevo, Stevo, já vim
Jenufa / Act 1: Jak razem vsecko to Stevkovo vypináni schiplo
Jenufa / Act 2: Prelude
Jenufa / Act 2: Necham jeste dvere otevreny
Jenufa / Act 3: Chud'átko!
Jenufa / Act 2: Ba zabednena t tvoye okenicka
Jenufa / Act 3: Jeste jesm tu já!
Jenufa / Act 2: Tetko Koselnicko
Jenufa / Act 3: Vstante, testounka moja!
Jenufa / Act 2: Ale videl jsem vcházet sohaje
Jenufa / Act 3: Odesli
Jenufa - Orchestration by Karel Kovarovic / Act 3: Odesli
Overture "Zarlivost" (Jealousy)
Jenufa / Act 2: Co chvila ... co chvila
Jenufa / Act 2: Mamicko, mam tezkou hlavu
Jenufa / Act 2: Kdo to je?
Jenufa / Act 2: Tot'zrovna jde!
Jenufa / Act 3: Neni ti teskno, Jenufko?
Jenufa / Act 3: Dej Buh stesti
Jenufa / Act 3: Vidis Laco, já to tusila
Jenufa / Act 3: A hen ... uz jsou tu!
Jenufa / Act 3: To bylo nákeho

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonderful Recording January 18, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "A great cast, the glorious sound of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the majestic conducting of Sir Charles MacKerras combine to endow Janacek's Moravian operatic rusticity with a shining texture, all of which validates Gramophone's operatic award for 1984. I would venture to guess that for most music fans, Czech opera brings to mind Smetana (Bartered Bride) or possibly Dvorak (Rusalka). Here, however, one encounters a lesser known work with the highest levels of artistic integrity. No absurdly outlandish, made-up plots here; instead, Janacek's magnificent score centers around Moravian country life in a frank, often brutal and tragic, yet honest and loving way. Elisabeth Soderstrom as Jenufa, Eva Randova as the kostelnicka, and Marie Mrazova as the grandmother turn in definitive performances in the main female roles, as do Petr Dvorsky and Wieslav Ochman in the principal male roles as Slava and Laca. Jenufa has had a somewhat controversial history, as the excellent, extended explanatory essay makes clear. MacKerras' Jenufa recreates Janacek's original score, and what a thrilling adventure it turns out to be! Although one absolutely needs the full libretto to follow the opera in its native Czech language, the effort will reward the listener with an exciting, vibrant, and altogether top tier operatic performance. Opera afficionados need not hesitate- this one belongs in your collection. Recommended all the way!" Report Abuse
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