2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-11-06Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Brubaker, Robert; Hampton, Claire; Henschel, Jane; Hoare, Peter [; Holtam, Philip Lloyd; Howell, Gwynne; Meinir, Sian; Simmonds, Victoria; Webb, Owen; Wedd, Peter; Wilkinson, Kathleen
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo
Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus
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...continue...
2 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-06-29Works: Leos Janácek: Jenufa
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Drumm, Imelda; Ellet, Charlotte; Fairs, Alan; Hampton, Claire; Hay, Rosemary; McCullough, Marian; Pope, Sarah; Robson, Nigel; Vaughan, Elizabet...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Orchestra
"Watson's voice is beautiful, lyrical and warm, and she delineates a moving interpretation. Most of the singers, who are all closely miked, have good diction,...continue...