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Janacek: Kata Kabanova (DECCA The Originals) [Original recording remastered]

Elisabeth Söderström Audio CD
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  • Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Nadezda Kniplova, Petr Dvorsky
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000E6EGYG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Zázrak!Zdenek Svehla 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Pojd'me mu s cesty!Zdenek Svehla 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Proc bych neodpovedel?Zdenek Svehla 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Co pak je?Zdenek Svehla 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Chces-li matky poslechnoutVladimir Krejcik 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Tak vidis, porad jen pro ni!Vladimir Krejcik 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Interlude ISir Charles Mackerras 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Vis, co mi napadlo?Elisabeth Söderström11:20£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Nu coz?Vladimir Krejcik 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 1 - Je cas, TichoneVladimir Krejcik 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Vida, chvástala jsi seElisabeth Söderström 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Vida! Nestesti!Elisabeth Söderström 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Nic zvlástnihoDalibor Jedlicka 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Interlude IISir Charles Mackerras 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Nikoho tu neni!Zdenek Svehla 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Vida, taky si vysel na toulku!Zdenek Svehla 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Za vodou, za vodickouZdenek Svehla 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - Jste to vy, Katerino Petrovno?Elisabeth Söderström 6:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 2 - To jste si vymyslily peknou vec!Zdenek Svehla 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Krápe!Jaroslav Soucek 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Celeho mne to pokropilo!Zdenek Svehla 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Pssst! Pssst! Zda se, ze je to on!Libuse Marova 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Ach, Varvaro!Vladimir Krejcik 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Ach, Glaso!Vladimir Krejcik 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Videt se s nimJaroslav Soucek11:40£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Svedl nás Buh!Wiener Staatsopernchor 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Janácek: Káta Kabanová / Act 3 - Ptácci prileti na mohyluJaroslav Soucek 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Janácek: Capriccio - 1. AllegroDavid Atherton 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Janácek: Capriccio - 2. AdagioDavid Atherton 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Janácek: Capriccio - 3. AllegrettoDavid Atherton 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Janácek: Capriccio - 4. AndanteDavid Atherton 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Janácek: Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra - 1. ModeratoDavid Atherton 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Janácek: Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra - 2. Più mossoDavid Atherton 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Janácek: Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra - 3. Con motoDavid Atherton 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Janácek: Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra - 4. AllegroDavid Atherton 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 


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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated 6 Jun 2010
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I have a few Janacek operas, both in the Decca sets and in the Supraphon Czech versions. If you read the Gramophone reviews for the Decca boxed sets you'd think they could do no wrong -clearly some Mackerras buddies out there. I don't find this. For a start I find Elizabeth Soderstrom's voice rather insistent and since the female lead is so important in Janacek, this gets tiring. And there's really not that much light and shade - the accent seems to be always on the "drama". I've pretty much stopped listening to the Decca boxes - there are so many idiomatic riches in the Czech versions. So if like me you value the nuances of these wonderful operas and are not willing to sacrifice depth for drama, stick to the Supraphon versions. In many of them you get Benackova as female lead, and that's something to treasure. Go on from here to the Supraphon versions of Cunning Little Vixen and before long you'll be truly hooked.
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This must be the best recording of a Janacek opera ever made. All involved deserve the highest praise possible. In the title role Miss Söderström shines in what must be her best achievement on record. Her voice is like a glittering diamond, her diction and language command perfect. I remember the first review in "Gramophone", the reviewer wrote that he almost fall of his chair when first hearing her voice. It immediately won the Gramophone prize as that years best opera recording. We all know that Sir Charles is THE Janacek conductor. All artists are highly inspired. A must! A very great opera, great artists, great orchestra, great conductor, great sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Twentieth Century operas in its best production 30 Nov 2006
By Christopher McKoy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very welcome digitally remastered release of Charles Mackerras' classic recording of Janacek's operatic masterpiece Kat'a Kabanova. If you have never heard a Janacek opera, Kat'a Kabanova will be unlike any you've experienced. Moreover, if you believed until now that Richard Strauss and Puccini have a monopoly on the expression of intense passion in Twentieth Century opera, Janacek will surely change your opinion. With the possible exception of the final 10 minutes of Janacek's 'The Makropulos Case,' Kat'a Kabanova features the most passionate music Janacek ever wrote. But this is not to say that his is the 'lush-romantic' musical passion to which fans of Nineteenth Century opera are accustommed (e.g., Massenet's music). Janacek's is the expression in music of intense, sometimes even painful, longing (one Janacek scholar refers to his music as the ultimate in 'musical expressionism') -- an accomplishment all the more remarkable in view of the fact that Janacek is almost completely devoid of Wagner's influence. In Kat'a Kabanova, Janacek assaults the listener with the kind of unremitting tension achieved by Wagner in Tristan but through the employment of his own unique musical idiom, which also has little in common with the Czech musical tradition of Dvorak and Smetana. In this respect Janacek is, like Mussorgsky, sui generis; his style is all his own. Of very few composers can this be said.

In my view, Kat'a Kabanova is Janacek's masterpiece. Kabanova is the first of Janacek's last four operas and is (musically) considerably more accessible than the final two, 'The Makropulos Case' and 'From The House of the Dead' -- though if you find yourself attracted to Kabanova, you will surely want to explore all of Janacek's operatic work. (In particular, 'From the House of the Dead,' based on Dostoevsky's memoirs from his time in a Siberian labor camp, is a masterpiece of operatic realism -- it is surely one of the most grim operas ever written, even moreso than Berg's Wozzeck.) The plot of Kat'a Kabanova, which is considerably more conventional than Janacek's other librettos (e.g., his next opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, features a cast comprised mostly of animals!), is based on the novel 'The Storm' by the Russian writer Victor Ostrovsky, and revolves around a woman (Kat'a) who is painfully trapped in a loveless marriage. While her husband is away, she has an affair that eventually leads to her suicide from despair and guilt. The final scene featuring a long 'aria' by Kat'a (Janacek didn't generally include true arias in his operas after his third opera, Jenufa) in which she expresses her feelings, among other things, about her own impending suicide, is utterly captivating.

There is a more recent recording of Kabanova that is also conducted by Charles Mackerras (who almost single-handedly rescued Janacek's operas from undeserved obscurity), but the singing is not quite up to Soderstrom's and Dvorsky's in Mackerras' earlier recording of the opera, which was the first of what became his 'cycle' of Janacek operas for Decca.

Let me conclude by saying that if you are looking for a new and dramatic direction in your opera listening, Janacek may well be your man. If you've had enough of Wagner's (and Strauss's) 'endless melody' and have grown tired of the pretty arias and big choruses of the Italians, give Kat'a Kabanova a try -- you won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By John Schoenhals Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janácek: Káta Kabanová 22 Sep 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Janácek: Káta Kabanová is a 1989 Decca recording under the direction of the amazing Sir Charles Mackerras whom leads Wiener Philharmoniker. Elisabeth Söderström plays the part of Kata and does so very well. The booklet contains all the lyrics. Well-written music notes by John Tyrrell. A delightful recording of an excellent opera. I very much enjoyed listening to it. Highly recommended indeed. 5/5.
6 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An opera to avoid. 23 July 2007
By OperaOnline.us - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2006 2-CD offering of a 1976 recording of Janácek's "Kata Kabanová" from DECCA is technically flawless and comprised of a fine cast headlined by Elisbeth Soderstrom, Petre Dvorsky and Nadezda Kniplova, singing the principle roles. While consisting of two CD's there are eight bonus tracts on the second CD that contain two "experimental" chamber orchestral pieces "Capriccio" and "Concertino", each containing four parts. What I find distracting about the major work here (Káta Kabanová) is the methodology used by Janácek in writing melodic overtures that contain great hope for something better to follow, but fail to deliver anything even approaching a thematic string. The libretto is sung in a cadence that is staccato-like, note-to-note, telling a story, but never coming together to complete a thematic musical passage that leaves the listener satisfied that there is a purpose to it all. Picture sitting at a piano and writing a score around a child tapping individual keys, whether they make sense or not - so long as the score is tied to the individual notes being struck, that's what you have in Kata. I remember attending a performance of this opera at the Met and discussing this feature of the score with an elderly woman and long time Met supporter sitting next to me. She agreed, sort of, but opined that this was supposed to be one of Janácek's best. It was as if I was the first person who had uttered this criticism. I suspect she agreed. Nonetheless, there are moments (brief passages) where Janácek gets it tied together and there is a glimmer of hope, which is probably what saves this opera - but barely, which probably explains why it is not performed very often. As for the two complimentary chamber pieces, I refer to them as "experimental" because they are not particularly cohesive and, at times, can be downright irritating to listen to. So, this being an old opera, those who have always enjoyed it will enjoy the digital remastering. Those who are thinking about trying opera for the first tome, however, may want to avoid this offering altogether. This is a review from OperaOnline.us.
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