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Smetana: The Secret / Krombholc, Petrova, Zidek, Kalas, , Koci

Smetana / Burghauser / Pntc / Krombholc
Release Date: 08/23/2011 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4069  
Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Karel KalasVladimir JedenactikPremysl KocíIvo Zidek,   ... 
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre OrchestraPrague National Theatre Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Supraphon is launching a new edition, Czech Opera Treasures, within which it will gradually release archive recordings of complete operas not yet available on CD. For The Secret, the second of the three operas Eliska Krasnohorska and Smetana created together, Krasnohorska prepared a libretto based on her story set in the present day in the region beneath the Bezděz peak. At the same time, she underlined the plot with detailed drawing of characters, depicting in turn pig-headedness and emotionality, mulishness and loquaciousness, wit and caginess, devoutness and superstition, yearning for love and lucre alike. Smetana found in the gamut of observations of the national character the opportunity for a thorough compositional elaboration. Supraphon is launching a new edition, Czech Opera Treasures, within which it will gradually release archive recordings of complete operas not yet available on CD. For The Secret, the second of the three operas Eliska Krasnohorska and Smetana created together, Krasnohorska prepared a libretto based on her story set in the present day in the region beneath the Bezděz peak. At the same time, she underlined the plot with detailed drawing of characters, depicting in turn pig-headedness and emotionality, mulishness and loquaciousness, wit and caginess, devoutness and superstition, yearning for love and lucre alike. Smetana found in the gamut of observations of the national character the opportunity for a thorough compositional elaboration. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The secret, T 118 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Karel Kalas (Bass), Vladimir Jedenactik (Bass), Premysl Kocí (Baritone),
Ivo Zidek (Tenor), Stefa Petrova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Czech Republic 

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