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Dvorak: Král a Uhlír

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>Dvorak, Antonin : King and Charcoal Burner (Kral a uhliv), opera, B. 21/B. 42/B. 151 (Op. 14)

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>Dvorak, Antonin : King and Charcoal Burner (Kral a uhliv), opera, B. 21/B. 42/B. 151 (Op. 14)
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Opera
Albrecht pays particular attention to the dance rhythms, the nature music and, above all, to the opera's simple tunefulness.

Gramophone Magazine
An opera whose freshness, colour and unfailing lyricism should by rights make it a repertory work outside the Czech Republic as well as in... Lívia Ághová in the soprano role of Liduka, the charcoal burner's daughter, sings with beautiful, pure tone. She is first heard at her spinning-wheel, before the arrival of her lover, Jeník, sung with comparable purity by tenor Michal Lehotsky. The chorus is a key element in the work, reflecting Dvorák's original inspiration prompted by hearing Meistersinger, with the Prague Chamber Choir and the Radio Choir singing with crisp, fresh ensemble.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Dvorák's delightful The King and the CharcoalBurner was the second opera that he wrote and the first to be staged. In its first form it was abandoned during rehearsal as being too complex and Wagnerian, which led the composer to rewrite the piece completely, simplifying its textures and material. There followed two more versions which together form the basis of this version, recorded at concert performances in Cologne with an excellent cast of young Czech singers under Albrecht, an ever-sympathetic advocate. The piece vies with Smetana's The BarteredBride in the freshness of its Czech flavours. This marked the emergence of Dvorák's mature style, benefiting in this instance from his experience as a player in the opera orchestra in Prague. Very attractive it is, if without the sharp memorability of Smetana's most striking numbers. Well balanced sound with voices exceptionally clear, each of them well defined with clear diction. Lívia Ághová in the soprano role of Liduka, the charcoal burner's daughter, sings with beautiful, pure tone. She is first heard at her spinning- wheel, before the arrival of her lover, Jeník, sung with comparable purity by tenor Michal Lehotsky. The King, strongly sung by baritone Dalibor Jenis, lost in the forest in Act 1, is given shelter by the charcoal burner, Matej - Peter Mikulá in splendid voice. Though the King is attracted to the lovely Liduska, he recognises her genuine love for Jeník, and, after a test he devises for her, gives his blessing to their union amid general rejoicing. The chorus is a key element in the work, reflecting Dvorák's original inspiration prompted by hearing Meistersinger, with the Prague Chamber Choir and the Radio Choir singing with crisp, fresh ensemble.



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : King and Charcoal Burner (Král a uhlív), opera, B. 21/B. 42/B. 151 (Op. 14)
  • Performers: Dalibor Jenis (Baritone); Michal Lehotsky (Tenor); Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano); Lívia Aghov (Voice); Peter Mikulás (Bass); Markus Schafer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
  • Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (04/29/2005-05/01/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live