Quantity:1
Janacek - Sarka has been added to your Basket
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 3 million feedback ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Janacek - Sarka


Price: £15.46 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
13 new from £9.94 7 used from £6.31

Up to 70% off fashion
Save on clothing, shoes, bags and more Shop now
£15.46 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Up to 70% off fashion
Save on clothing, shoes, bags and more Shop now

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product details

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introduction
  2. 'Just like the sun setting o'er the hills..'
  3. 'who comes hither through the dark wood'
  4. 'O, hallowed silence'
  5. 'We rage through the land'
  6. 'The castle deserted stands'
  7. 'Behold, see this place to which I bring you'
  8. 'why did my heart set to trembling..'
  9. 'O, blessed moon..'
  10. 'Tether me fast to this oak tree here..'
  11. 'O, false deceit and guileful so...'
  12. 'It was the cruel Vlasta did the deed..'
  13. 'Ctirad I be..'
  14. 'We rage through the land..'
  15. 'My soul's filled with a solemn foreboding..'
  16. 'It was the cruel Sarka did the deed..'
  17. 'Young Ctirad, just like a star falling..'
  18. 'You stand amazed, gallant warriors..'
  19. 'A sturdy oak stood on a hill'
  20. 'Leap up, flame, to the heavens..'

Product Description

Product Description

Opéra en trois actes / Eva Urbanová, Peter Straka, Ivan Kusnjer, Jaroslav Brezina - Chœur Philharmonique de Prague - Orchestre Philharmonique Tchèque, dir. Sir Charles Mackerras

BBC Review

Janácek's first opera is problematic in a number of ways. First completed in 1887, it was revised and partly orchestrated the following year; copyright wrangles and Janácek's changing interests intervened and Sárka lay fallow until 1918, when the composer and his pupil Osvald Chlubna gave the score an extensive makeover. Thus, Janácek's version of the Czech legend of the amazon warrior Sárka and her tragic love for Ctirad straddles widely differing stages in the composer's career. In terms of Czech opera of the 1880s, it is way ahead of its time: pre-echoes of Jenufa and Katya abound, and impressionist harmonic colouring sits sometimes uneasily alongside occasionally underformed melodic lines; at times the score moves with bewildering speed and has a concision wholly atypical of Romantic opera. Even so, there is much that is superb, not least the exchanges between Ctirad and Sárka - one of the shortest love scenes on record - and the magnificent closing pages, all unmistakably by Janácek. Supraphon's contention that this is a 'world premiere recording' is inaccurate since a serviceable Czechoslovak Radio recording from 1953 was issued eight years ago by Multisonic. This handsome new version, however, is superior in every way. Urbanová's magnificent Sárka is superbly partnered by Peter Straka's Ctirad; best of all is Mackerras's conducting of the Czech Philharmonic in blistering form. My only worry was an unsettled first entry from Ivan Kusnjer as Premysl. This landmark performance should convert many to an opera which for too long has seemed merely a curiosity.

Performance *****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback