Notes & Reviews:
The Penguin Guide
With fine digital recording adding to the glory of the highly distinctive instrumentation, the Decca version of Janßcek's last opera outshines even the earlier recordings in Mackerras's series. By rights, this piece - based on Dostoevsky - should be intolerably depressing in operatic form, but in effect, as this magnificent performance amply demonstrates , the mosaic of sharp response, with sudden hysterical joy punctuating even the darkest, most bitter emtotions, is consistently uplifting... the cast is superb, with a range of important Czech singers giving sharply characterized vignettes.
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