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Janacek: Cunning Little Vixen / Rasilainen, Tsallagova

Janacek / Tsallagova / Rasilainen / Lagrange
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 3078388  
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Hannah Esther MinutilloElena TsallagovaPaul GayJukka Rasilainen,   ... 
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Maitrise Children's ChoirParis National Opera ChorusParis National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris sounded at least as good as it had for Tristan the previous evening, if anything even better. An especial delight was the vernally fresh woodwind, with the brass boasting an impressive night too. Early on, we heard fanfares that looked forward to the Sinfonietta, whilst the fine quartet of horns in the third act approached perfection. Dennis Russell Davies proved a steady hand at the helm. To start with, I missed a little of the lingering Romanticism that one can often hear in Janá?ek. However, as the evening progressed, I heard more, not a bad metaphor for the blossoming of the vixen herself. Rhythms, with the very occasional exception, were taut and the structure was admirably Read more clear. Elena Tsallagova showed herself as agile of voice as she was on stage, in the title role. Her rapport with Hannah Esther Minutillo’s Fox was genuinely moving, whatever reservations one might entertain in principle about a couple of foxes falling in love. All of the other parts were taken with gusto; character acting and character singing were quite rightly to the fore. And the multifarious choral and silent movement parts were equally impressive: a tribute to a genuine company achievement.

-- Mark Berry, MusicWeb International

Leoš Janá?ek
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

The Forester – Jukka Rasilainen
His Wife / The Owl – Michèle Lagrange
The Schoolmaster – David Kuebler
The Parson – Roland Bracht
Harasta – Paul Gay
The Vixen – Elena Tsallagova
The Fox – Hannah Esther Minutillo

Paris Maitrise Children's Choir
Paris National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

André Engel, stage director

Recorded live at the Opera Bastille, Paris, November 2008

Bonus:
- An encounter backstage at the Paris Opera with Gerard Mortier, André Engel and Elena Tsallagova

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 101 mins (opera) + 20 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

1. The Cunning Little Vixen by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Hannah Esther Minutillo (Alto), Elena Tsallagova (Soprano), Paul Gay (Baritone),
Jukka Rasilainen (Bass Baritone), David Kuebler (Tenor), Michele Lagrange (Soprano),
Roland Bracht (Bass)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Maitrise Children's Choir,  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1923; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 11/2008 
Venue:  Opera Bastille, Paris 

Customer Reviews

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 Vivacious Vixen July 5, 2014 By Mary Ann G. (Akron, OH) See All My Reviews "First of all, why are you sending me an option to purchase material which expires 12/312013? And why has this suggested that I write about a 'cellist, when the review is to be about an opera? This was a fine production, and the vixen stole the show. Imaginative!" Report Abuse
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