Smetana: The Bartered Bride [Sung in English]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Bartered Bride continues Chandos' series Opera in English, and it succeeds admirably in this spirited and well-sung performance. The quality of translation is a critical element in the success of an endeavor such as this. Happily, the version by Kit Hesketh-Harvey who also has a small role in the opera is rendered into idiomatic and singable English. There is a whiff of W.S. Gilbert in the broad humor and in the rhyme schemes, but that is not entirely inappropriate, as the plot has some typically Gilbertian twists and characters and given the music's occasional similarities to that of Arthur Sullivan. Soprano Susan Gritton as Marenka and tenor Paul Charles Clarke as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Bartered Bride continues Chandos' series Opera in English, and it succeeds admirably in this spirited and well-sung performance. The quality of translation is a critical element in the success of an endeavor such as this. Happily, the version by Kit Hesketh-Harvey who also has a small role in the opera is rendered into idiomatic and singable English. There is a whiff of W.S. Gilbert in the broad humor and in the rhyme schemes, but that is not entirely inappropriate, as the plot has some typically Gilbertian twists and characters and given the music's occasional similarities to that of Arthur Sullivan. Soprano Susan Gritton as Marenka and tenor Paul Charles Clarke as Jeník are adorably fresh and young sounding as the couple faced with the dilemma of Marenka's imminent arranged marriage to the village dullard, and they deliver their intimate banter with humor and lightness. The singers in the supporting roles are comparably strong. Bass Peter de Rose is hilarious as Kecal, the unctuous marriage broker, and baritone Neal Davies and mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard bring warm and supple voices to the roles of Marenka's parents. Tenor Timothy Robinson captures both the humor and poignancy in Vasek, Marenka's intended bridegroom. The Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Chorus, under the leadership of Charles Mackerras, play and sing with exuberance and panache, bringing out both the lightness and lyric sweep the opera requires. Chandos' sound is clear, and effectively conveys the spatial relationships of a stage production. The performance is a compelling argument for this attractive and tuneful work that is seen too rarely in American opera houses.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
What makes this version so successful? The brilliant conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras, of course...plus the scintillating playing of the Philharmonia; an exceptionally strong team of soloists, too.... This counts among the finest of the ‘Opera in English’ series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115312827
  • Catalog Number: 3128
  • Sales rank: 310,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–44 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100 - Bedrich Smetana & Paul Charles Clarke (142:06)
    Composed byBedrich Smetana
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byPaul Charles Clarke, Neal Davies, Susan Gritton, Yvonne Howard, Robin Leggate, Charles Mackerras, Diana Montague, Geoffrey Moses, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Timothy Robinson, Peter de Rose, Yvette Bonner, Chorus of The Royal Opera, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Ravi Shar, Louis Hill
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Act 1. Scene 1. Time at last for celebration
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1. Chorus. Why do you look so downcast
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 2. Jenik, what will happen if Mother's right?
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 2. Aria. Promise me that you would never
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 2. Is it so unfair to want to know
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 2. Duet. Such a mother is a blessing
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 2. Faithful love I vow to you
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 3. Every detail has been sorted
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 3. Hold it! Are we not forgetting
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 3. Trio. Well, as I told you, he's kind and he's gentle
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 4. Look! She's coming!
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 4. Fine then, say what you will
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 5. Finale. Introduction. Polka. Take your partners for the polka
    15. 15Act 2. Scene 1. So charge the glasses, lads
    16. 16Act 2. Scene 1. Furiant
    17. 17Act 2. Scene 2. Ma... Ma... My mamma said
    18. 18Act 2. Scene 3. Don't say you're the boy
    19. 19Act 2. Scene 3. Duet. I know there's a girl for you
    20. 20Act 2. Scene 4. I have plenty of others
    21. 21Act 2. Scene 4. Duet. Just a word or two, my friend
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 4. Duet. Time and time again I encounter men
    23. 23Act 2. Scene 4. Duet. Think what it's worth, lad
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 4. You'll go home to Moravia?
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 5. Ah, my friend! Once you learn
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 6. Finale. Come now everyone, gather round
    27. 27Act 3. Scene 1. I'm near now to despairing
    28. 28Act 3. Scene 2. Roll up! Roll up ladies and gentlemen!
    29. 29Act 3. Scene 2. Ballet
    30. 30Act 3. Scene 2. Oh, it looks so lovely!
    31. 31Act 3. Scene 2. Duettino. Mother doesn't matter, Mother wouldn't care!
    32. 32Act 3. Scene 3. Oh, I don't understand it!
    33. 33Act 3. Scene 3. Quartet. What? Dare he? Would he? You do what?
    34. 34Act 3. Scene 4. No! I don't believe you!
    35. 35Act 3. Scene 5. Oh, Vasek! Don't run away!
    36. 36Act 3. Scene 5. Sextet. Think it over, Marenka, think it through
    37. 37Act 3. Scene 6. Oh, but the pain! The burning pain!
    38. 38Act 3. Scene 6. We dreamed upon a moonlit night
    39. 39Act 3. Scene 7. Marenka mine, Marenka mine!
    40. 40Act 3. Scene 8. So then, young man
    41. 41Act 3. Scene 8. Trio. Be calm, oh my love
    42. 42Act 3. Scene 9. Finale. Tell us, Marenka, it's all up to you
    43. 43Act 3. Scene 9. Finale. It's Jeník! What's he doing here?
    44. 44Act 3. Scene 10. Everybody get out of the way!
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