Janácek: Operas [Box Set]

Janácek: Operas [Box Set]

by Charles Mackerras
     
 

If you love Janácek, you probably already own these recordings because to love Janácek means to love his five greatest operas, his supreme artistic achievements, and to love his five final operas means to love these recordings, by common agreement the best performances any of them ever received. The central reason for this is the conducting ofSee more details below

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If you love Janácek, you probably already own these recordings because to love Janácek means to love his five greatest operas, his supreme artistic achievements, and to love his five final operas means to love these recordings, by common agreement the best performances any of them ever received. The central reason for this is the conducting of Charles Mackerras. Born in Schenectady, trained in Prague, and based in London, Mackerras is the heir of the native tradition of leading Janácek's passionate and eccentric music, and these recordings made between 1977 and 1986 are unsurpassed for their depth of understanding and dramatic intensity. Mackerras' casts are likewise unexcelled. Swedish soprano Elisabeth Söderström and Czech tenor Peter Dvorsky take the leads in "Jenufa," "Kat'a Kabanova," and "The Makropulos Case," and their voices have just the right balance of the lyric and the dynamic, the human and the extraordinary. The luscious Lucia Popp sings the title role of "The Cunning Little Vixen" with sprightly sublimity and the almost all-male cast sings "From the House of the Dead" with heroic compassion. With the superlative playing of the Vienna Philharmonic, the inclusion of stunning recordings of "Sinfonietta" and "Taras Bulba," and Decca's rich, deep, and detailed sound, if you love Janácek, you probably already have these recordings. And if you love Janácek and you don't, now's the time. Start with the finale from Act Three of "Jenufa": it'll rip your heart out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947568728
catalogNumber:
000723702
Rank:
102680

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Tracks

  1. Jenufa, opera, JW 1/4  - Leos Janácek  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Norbert Balatsch  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  - Peter Dvorsky  - Dalibor Jedlicka  - Jana Jonasova  - Charles Mackerras  - Marie Mrazova  - Wieslaw Ochman  - Jindra Pokorna  - Lucia Popp  - Eva Randova  - Vera Soukupova  - Elisabeth Söderström  - Vaclav Zitek  - Ivana Mixova
  2. Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  3. The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), opera, JW 1/9  - Leos Janácek  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Beno Blachut  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  - Helmuth Froschauer  - Gertrude Jahn  - Dalibor Jedlicka  - Vladimir Krejcik  - Charles Mackerras  - Libuse Marova  - Richard Novak  - Lucia Popp  - Eva Randova  - Elena Sarajova  - Vaclav Zitek  - Ivana Mixova  - Eva Hríbiková  - Zuzana Hudecová  - Miriam Ondrásková  - Peter Saray  - Eva Zigmundová
  4. The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  5. From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého domu), opera, JW 1/11  - Leos Janácek  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Norbert Balatsch  - Beno Blachut  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  - Jaroslava Janska  - Dalibor Jedlicka  - Vladimir Krejcik  - Charles Mackerras  - Richard Novak  - Jaroslav Soucek  - Zdenek Svehla  - Antonin Svorc  - Ivo Zidek  - Vaclav Zitek  - Jiri Zahradnicek  - Zdenek Sousek  - Eva Zigmundová
  6. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10  - Leos Janácek  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Beno Blachut  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  - Peter Dvorsky  - Helmuth Froschauer  - Dalibor Jedlicka  - Jiri Joran  - Vladimir Krejcik  - Charles Mackerras  - Zdenek Svehla  - Elisabeth Söderström  - Vaclav Zitek  - Ivana Mixova  - Blanka Vitkova  - Anna Czaková
  7. Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8  - Leos Janácek  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Hedwig Drechsler  - Peter Dvorsky  - Gertrude Jahn  - Dalibor Jedlicka  - Nadezda Kniplova  - Vladimir Krejcik  - Charles Mackerras  - Libuse Marova  - Jitka Pavlova  - Jaroslav Soucek  - Zdenek Svehla  - Elisabeth Söderström  - Adolf Tomaschek
  8. Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  9. Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15  - Leos Janácek  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras

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