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Dvorák: The Spectre's Bride; Novák: The Storm / Krombholc


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3574   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákVitezslav Novák
Performer:  Ladislav MrázDrahomira TikalovaBenno BlachutVladimir Jedenactik,   ... 
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák's The Specter's Bride is a much better work than its recorded legacy supports. This 1961 effort remains the best version available, both for the excellence of the soloists (legendary Czech tenor Beno Blachut among them) and choir, as well as for the playing of the Czech Philaharmonic. Still, no version has satisfactorily realized the atmospheric nature of Dvorák's orchestral writing, particularly his evocative use of percussion (glockenspiel and tam-tam) at key moments. Much of the work's (undeserved) reputation for blandness stems from the simple inability of most interpreters to project what is so clearly written on the printed page. Jaroslav Krombholc, however, keeps this story of a young girl abducted by the ghost Read more of her dead fiancée moving along more effectively than any of the admittedly meager competition, and while this isn't the quickest performance available, the dedication of everyone concerned certainly makes it sound so.


Novák's The Storm, a magnificent vocal symphony that tells the symbolic story of a mutiny at sea, the love between a maiden and her African slave (a captured noble), and the storm that ultimately destroys the ship and all aboard, really ought to be performed more often. It would make a wonderful change of pace from the usual crop of Carmina Buranas and German Requiems (as would the Dvorák for that matter), and this clear-sounding mono recording, while very good, has been bettered by Zdenek Kosler's stereo outing for the same label if only on sonic considerations alone. Still, at mid-price this set does give you the best performance of the Dvorák and certainly warrants the attention of anyone who cares about interesting and neglected choral music.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Spectre's Bride, Op. 69/B 135 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ladislav Mráz (Bass Baritone), Drahomira Tikalova (Soprano), Benno Blachut (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1961 
Venue:  Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 83 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2. The Storm, Op. 42 by Vitezslav Novák
Performer:  Ladislav Mráz (Baritone), Vladimir Jedenactik (Bass), Jaroslav Veverka (Bass),
Drahomira Tikalova (Soprano), Maria Tauberova (Soprano), Benno Blachut (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1910; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1956 
Venue:  Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 70 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 

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