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Dvorak, A. Rusalka. Complete Opera

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However uneven the qualities of the operatic legacy of Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904) might appear compared with the rest of his output, at least three of his operas - namely, The Jacobin; Kate and the Devil; and Rusalka - can be safely regarded as works of outstanding vitality, undiminishingly appealing and therefore frequently staged and spontaneously loved by audiences. Rusalka in particular, written in 1900, a lyrical fairy-tale opera set to the finest text ever used by Dvorak (from Jaroslav Kvapil), telling a story filled with compassion, with an unfortunate central female character and an errant principal male hero (Prince), has quite justly won the shared place at the top, with Smetana´s The Bartered Bride, as the best-loved and most frequently produced Czech operas, in their home country and internationally alike. This digital recording, presenting Vaclav Neumann´s production with Gabriela Benackova in the title role, guarantees the highest artistic value. Coupled with Dvorak´s inimitably sparklin invention, this complete opera set brings living proof of one of the pre-eminent fruits of genius in the whole history of Czech music. The most frequently performed Czech opera in digital quality!

Key authors
music byAntonin Dvorak
Key interpreters
conductorVaclav Neumann
chorus masterLubomir Matl
mezzo-sopranoDrahomira Drobkova
bassRichard Novak
contraltoAnna Barova
contraltoVera Soukupova
contraltoDaniela Sounova-Broukova
tenorWieslaw Ochman
baritoneRene Tucek
baritoneJindrich Jindrak
sopranoJana Jonasova
sopranoJirina Markova
sopranoGabriela Benackova
Key musicians
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor: Vaclav Neumann)
Prague Philharmonic Choir (chorus master: Lubomir Matl)
Title content
CD 1
1.Rusalka. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 11402:37:12
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Ouverture00:03:50
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Act 1 "Ho, ho, ho!"00:08:34
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Act 1 "Watersprite, my Father dear!"00:04:01
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
4.Act 1 "He comes here frequently"00:04:56
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
5.Act 1 "O, moon high up in the deep, deep sky"00:08:32MP3 example :: Act 1 "O, moon high up in the deep, deep sky" [470 kB]
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
6.Act 1 "Your ancient wisdom knows everything"00:09:38
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
7.Act 1 "Abracadabra!"00:05:14
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
8.Act 1 "Here she appeared and again disappeared!"00:02:31
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
9.Act 1 "The hunt is over, return home at once"00:05:59
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
10.Act 1 "I know you´re but magic that will pass"00:02:01
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Rene Tucek
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
CD 2
1.Rusalka. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 11402:37:12
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
1.Act 2 "Well then my dear boy"00:09:38
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
2.Act 2 "A week now do you dwell with me"00:09:53
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
3.Act 2 - Festival music. Ballet00:05:08
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
4.Act 2 "No one in this world can give you"00:04:34
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
5.Act 2 "White blossoms all along the road"00:03:34
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
6.Act 2 "Rusalka, daughter, I am here!"00:03:08
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
7.Act 2 "O, useless, useless, useless it is"00:03:45
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
8.Act 2 "Strange fire in your eyes is burning"00:06:13
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
mezzo-soprano: Drahomira Drobkova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
chorus master: Lubomir Matl
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Prague Philharmonic Choir
CD 3
1.Rusalka. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 11402:37:12
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
1.Act 3 "Insensible water power"00:08:26MP3 example :: Act 3 "Insensible water power" [470 kB]
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2.Act 3 "Ah, ah! Already you have come back?"00:03:17
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
3.Act 3 "Only human blood can cleanse you"00:02:06
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
4.Act 3 "I´ll rather suffer"00:03:20
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
5.Act 3 "Uprooted and banished"00:04:39
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
6.Act 3 "That you´re afraid? Don´t be silly"00:02:45
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
7.Act 3 "Who is noisy?"00:05:41
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
8.Act 3 "Hair, golden hair have I"00:07:43
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
9.Act 3 "Where are you, my white doe?"00:04:52
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
10.Act 3 "Do you still know me, lover?"00:13:14MP3 example :: Act 3 "Do you still know me, lover?" [471 kB]
music by: Antonin Dvorak
libretto by: Jaroslav Kvapil
soprano: Gabriela Benackova
bass: Richard Novak
contralto: Vera Soukupova
tenor: Wieslaw Ochman
soprano: Jana Jonasova
contralto: Daniela Sounova-Broukova
contralto: Anna Barova
baritone: Jindrich Jindrak
soprano: Jirina Markova
conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra



Title details

Catalogue numberSU 3718-2 633
Medium 3CD
Total time02:37:15
Release date2003
(P)1984
PublisherSUPRAPHON
Barcode099925371821
Recorded3DDD

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