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Dvorák: Kate and the Devil / Chalabala, Havlák, Komancová, Asmus, Berman, et al

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : The Devil and Kate (Cert a Kaca), opera, B. 201 (Op. 112)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The success of the symphonic poems 'Water Sprite', 'Midday Witch', 'Golden Spinning-wheel' and 'Pigeon', drawing on themes from folk ballads, encouraged Dvorak to seek inspiration for another opera in Czech popular fairy-tales. After historic themes and comical plots (Dimitri, The Jacobin, The Stubborn Lovers, etc.) the libretto deals with a Chod fairy-tale with all its salient features: the muddleheaded devil, the saucy Kate, who even gives Lucifer himself a piece of her mind, the shrewd shepherd Jirka, as well as justice that in the end is accorded to ordinary people - precisely thanks to the shepherd's adroitness and the gruesome authority of Hell.


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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : The Devil and Kate (Cert a Káca), opera, B. 201 (Op. 112)
  • Performers: Rudolf Asmus (Bass); Karel Berman (Bass); Lubomir Havlak; Jaroslav Horacek (Bass); Premysl Koci (Voice); Ludmilla Komancov; Vera Krilova (Voice); Marie Steinerova; Rudolf Vonasek (Voice); Jaroslava Vymazalova
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Ensemble: Prague National Theatre Orchestra
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (10/31/1955-11/15/1955)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta