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Opera in English - Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Mackerras

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"By almost any reckoning, this is the most popular of Czech operas, in the repertory of almost every opera house, so it is astonishing how few recordings have appeared in recent years; Kosler's Supraphon set of 1981 is the only other digital recording... What makes this version so successful? The brilliant conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras, of course - 80 next month, he goes from strength to strength - plus the scintillating playing of the Philharmonia; an exceptionally strong team of soloists, too. But it's the extra impact of having the comedy delivered in the vernacular that makes this stand out. Echoes of Gilbert and Sullivan can often be distracting when Donizetti or early Verdi are sung in English, but no so here... Above all, thanks are due to Mackerras for the emotional warmth as well as highlighting the colour and energy of Smetana's master-piece. This counts among the finest of the 'Opera in English' series." -Gramophone


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>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1 :: 100
  • Performers: Yvette Bonner (Soprano); Paul Clarke (Tenor); Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Kit Hesketh-Harvey (Tenor); Louis Hill (Voice); Yvonne Howard (Mezzo Soprano); Robin Leggate (Tenor); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Geoffrey Moses (Bass); Timothy Robinson (Tenor); Peter Rose; Ravi Shar (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England (12/15/2004-12/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870