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Superlative live recording of Janacek's breakthrough opera,
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This review is from: Janacek : Jenufa (Audio CD)
I recently read a lady columnist in the Sunday Times basically saying she was done with enduring 'culture' just because it was considered worthy. This included opera and, in particular, Janacek. The way his name was kind of dropped in, one might presume she imagined the reader would be equally ignorant and so accordingly sympathise with her position. Oh dear...
Lyrical tragedies in Italian: good. Those in any other language: bad. (How far our opinion-makers have come.)
Well dear, maybe it's time to give Janacek another whirl and you could hardly do better than this Covent Garden production of Jenufa. Tell yourself to get it out of respect for the great Bernard Haitink, 85 this year and too readily linked with symphonic heavyweights when in fact his repertoire goes much wider. Down stage you will find an outstanding pair of Finnish vocalists, Karita Mattila and Jorma Silvasti, ideal casting for Jenufa and Laca. If Jerry Hadley is a bit woolly as Steva so much the better when the character is a shallow show-off who comes to no good. Haitink's direction is sympathetic and assured: nothing caustic to worry the Puccini-fanciers. The final scene, where Jenufa and Laca are left alone together, is worth the price of admission alone. The dove descends: perfection in opera.
Synopsis is included.