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janaceks final masterpiece,
This review is from: Janácek: From the House of the Dead (Audio CD)
There is very little one can add to the very perceptive review by Klingsor Tristan. This is in my opinion Janacek's greatest work and one of the finest operas composed in the period between the world wars, a period so full of operatic masterpieces not only by Janacek, but by composers as diverse as Busoni Szymanowski Shostakovitch to name a few at random
One cannot imagine a finer performance, the combination of the Virenna Philharmonic, the idiomatic Czech singers and Mackerras will surely never be surpassed.
The work is given in the corrected score, all the additions added after Janaceks death removed, in particular the spurious optimistic ending. The result is quite different from the published score by UE to be found in the Manchester Henry Watson Library although I assume this corrected score is now published
A must for Opera lovers as its stage performances in England are very limited, it needs a real ensemble team, the RNCM gave a superb performance many years ago but sadly our national companies are no longer " ensemble" based
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2010 17:01:05 BDT
C BRADLEY says:
Dear Tancredi, You'll be pleased to know that Opera North are performing it next year, 2011. Go to www.operanorth.co.uk for details. CB
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2011 11:36:54 GMT
Yes, I know and have ear marked a trip to Leeds for both that and the Weinberg, can't stand the Lowry at Salford! Very adventurous repertoire in the current climate but the Janacek is certainly exactly what they should be doing
Posted on 2 Mar 2011 17:44:15 GMT
Useful to know whether text and translations are supplied. The original LPs came with superb essays by John Tyrell; some marvellous photographs and other assorted items of interest. Not sure whether, in these straitened times, Decca are doing the decent thing and making these available to a new generation of collectors.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 20:32:40 BDT
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G. J. Mcintyre says:
I have the original CD boxed editions of the Janacek operas by Mackerras in the Decca series and they have both the full libretto and the Tyrell essays. But I can't vouch for the new "Decca The Originals" Series with the slanted covers. I fear the worst.
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