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Opera in English - Janacek: Katya Kabanova / Rizzi, et al

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  1. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 1: Marvellous! Really, Just Admit It (Kudryash, Glasha) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 1: Is Your Mistress At Home? (Dikoi, Glasha, Kudryash, Boris, Feklusha) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 1: All of Them So Good and Pious (Feklusha, Boris, Kudryash) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 1: If You Want to Obey Your Mother (Kabanicha, Tichon, Katya, Varvara) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 1: Intermezzo I $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 2: Madness? Oh, How I Wish I Really Knew (Katya, Varvara) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 2: Ah, But You, What Can You Know of This? (Katya, Varvara, Feklusha, Glasha, Tichon) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act I, Scene 2: Do You Not Love Me Any More? (Katya, Tichon) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 1: No, No, No One, Yet My Heart Was Beating (Katya) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 1: Intermezzo II $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 2: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 2: Nobody Here Yet! (Kudryash, Boris) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 2: Far Away My Love Is Gone Across the Water (Varvara, Kudryash, Boris) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act II, Scene 2: Is That You, Katerina Petrovna? (Boris, Katya) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 1: Psst! Psst! Boris, Listen to Me! (Varvara, Boris) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 1: Oh, Varvara! I Shall Die! (Katya, Zena, Varvara, Chorus, Kudryash, Dikoi, Kabanicha, Tichon) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 2: No! Nobody Here (Katya, Kuligin) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 2: Thanks Be to God! (Boris, Katya) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 2: No, Not That! (Katya, Boris) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 2: Birds Will Sing As They Fly Above Me (Katya) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Janácek — Katya Kabanova, JW I/8, Act III, Scene 2: Hey There, a Woman Has Jumped In the River! (Kuligin, Passer-by, Dikoi, Glasha, Tichon, Kabanicha) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Kata Kabanova, opera, JW 1/8
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Janacek once wrote that Katya Kabanova, his sixth opera, was "one of my most tender works," and his score contrasts extreme beauty with fateful oppression to wonderful emotional and passionate effect. Katya Kabanova is performed here with Cheryl Barker as Katya reprising her performance in the 2004 Welsh National Opera Production. This is the only available recording in English.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is the fifth Janácek opera in Chandos's Opera in English series, and with vivid, well separated sound, balancing the voices in front of the orchestra, the first impression is how clear the words are from the singers of the Welsh National Opera production on which the recording is based.

It is fascinating to compare this version with Mackerras's Decca recording with the Vienna Philharmonic and an excellent, mainly Czech cast, Elisabeth Söderström taking the title-role. If that recording is marginally richer and weightier than the new Chandos, the strings of WNO play with comparable refinement. Rizzi's interpretation in all three acts is a degree more urgent, with speeds consistently faster, no doubt reflecting his experience of conducting it live.

As in the English Makropulos Case, the principal singer is Cheryl Barker, fresh, clear and powerful, more girlish-sounding than Söderström.

Gwynne Howell as the merchant Dikoi, uncle of Boris, is also excellent.

The old Norman Tucker translation is used with some minor amendments by Rodney Blumer, nom de plume of critic Rodney Milnes, with words admirably clear throughout, adding to the dramatic impact of the piece.



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
  • Performers: Cheryl Barker (Soprano); Robert Brubaker (Tenor); Claire Hampton (Soprano); Jane Henschel (Alto); Peter Hoare (Tenor); Philip Holtam; Gwynne Howell (Bass); Sian Meinir; Victoria Simmonds (Mezzo Soprano); Owen Webb; Peter Wedd (Tenor); Kathleen Wilkinson
  • Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
  • Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (12/11/2006-12/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta