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Janacek: Káta Kabanová / Cambreling, Denoke, Henschel, Et Al

Release Date: 11/23/1999 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 487992   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Angela DenokeJane HenschelHenk SmitDavid Kuebler,   ... 
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraSlovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although I feel somewhat disloyal saying it, this tightly led, taut reading of Káta Kabanová is on a par with Charles Mackerras' classic set on London with the great Elisabeth Söderström in the title role. Taped live at the l998 Salzburg Festival and performed without intermission, this performance amounts to a true indictment of small-town minds and the sad figure who can only find escape through suicide. The players, obviously interacting in a theatrical situation, play off one another with such urgency that this turns into the aural, operatic version of cinema-verité. Few of the singers are well-known--David Kuebler's Boris is another vivid portrait in the tenor's gallery, and Rainer Trost uses his lighter, Read more more innocent-sounding tenor to bring Kudrjas to life. Angela Denoke's Kata is world class; she sings the text as if born to its rhythms and sentiments, and the middle of her voice, where so much of Kata's music lies, is rich and full. American mezzo Jane Henschel does not turn Kabanichka into a caricature, rather she presents us with an unyielding, selfish, controlling woman to be feared. The others in the cast are equally committed and, as hinted at above, Sylvain Cambreling gets right to the core of this thorny, tough work, and he is handsomely abetted by the Slovak Philharmonic chorus and Czech orchestra. Fine sound too. A real thrill.

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

Kát'a Kabanová by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Angela Denoke (Soprano), Jane Henschel (Alto), Henk Smit (Bass),
David Kuebler (Tenor), Hubert Delamboye (Tenor), Rainer Trost (Tenor),
Dagmar Pecková (Mezzo Soprano), Frédéric Caton (Bass), Ulrika Precht (Soprano),
Elisaabeth Starzinger (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 07/26/1998 
Venue:  Live  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 103 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Czech 

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