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Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, Et Al


Release Date: 02/05/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10449   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Bruce MartinAnne-Marie OwensRosario La SpinaCheryl Barker,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet OrchestraAustralian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Mackerras unseated? This magical version from Australia comes close

Chandos certainly has guts, going toe-to-toe with Mackerras’s Gramophone Award-winning set. Hickox’s Australian forces need not fear the comparison. Cheryl Barker may not have the refulgent tones of Renée Fleming on Decca (who has?) but she is even more moving in conveying Rusalka’s desperation. Mackerras is still my must-own, but this runs it close.

-- Gramophone [3/2008]


Mackerras unseated? This magical version from Australia comes close

Chandos certainly has guts, going toe-to-toe with Mackerras’s Gramophone Award-winning set. Hickox’s Australian forces need not fear the comparison. Cheryl Barker may not have the refulgent tones of Renée Fleming on Decca (who has?) but she is even more moving in conveying Rusalka’s desperation. Mackerras is still my must-own, but this runs it close.

-- Gramophone [3/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Bruce Martin (Bass), Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano), Rosario La Spina (Tenor),
Cheryl Barker (Soprano), Elizabeth Whitehouse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra,  Australian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 03/2007 
Venue:  Live  Sydney Opera House, Australia 
Language: Czech 

Sound Samples

Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Prelude
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Hou, hou, hou (Wood Nymphs, Echo)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: I pekne vitam (Water Sprite, Wood Nymphs)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Hastrmanku, taticku! (Rusalka, Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Sem casto prichazi (Rusalka, Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Rusalka)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Ta voda studi, studi! (Water Sprite, Rusalka, Jezibaba)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Staleta moudrost tva vsechno vi (Rusalka)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: To ja znam (Jezibaba, Rusalka)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Cury mury fuk (Jezibaba, Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Jel mlady lovec, jel a jel (Huntsman, Prince)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Vidino divna, presladka (Prince, Water Nymphs, Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act I: Vim, ze jsi kouzlo (Prince)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Jarku, jarku, klouce mile (Gamekeeper, Kitchen Boy)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: U nas v lese strasi (Gamekeeper, Kitchen Boy)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Jiz tyden (Prince, Princess)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Ach, vycitka to veru vcasna (Prince, Princess)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Ballet - Beda! Beda! (Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Cely svet neda ti, neda (Water Sprite)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Kvetiny bile po ceste (Guests, Water Sprite, Rusalka)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: O marno, o marno! (Rusalka)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Vidis je, vidis? Jsou tu zas (Rusalka, Princess, Prince)
Rusalka, Op. 114: Act II: Az pozar muj vas popali (Princess, Prince, Water Sprite)

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