Album

Naděžda Kniplová, Prague National Theatre Orchestra, Jaroslav Krombholc

Smetana: Libuše. Festive Opera in 3 Acts

Catalogue Number: SU 3982-2
Published: 7th August 2009
First release: SUPRAPHON, 1966
Genre: Opera
Format: 2 CD
The opera Libuše occupies a unique position in Czech national culture. Smetana composed it as a festive opera to be performed on occasions celebrating the Czech nation. The first such was theopening of the National Theatre in Prague in 1881, when the work was premiered. Supraphon's catalogue already contains CDs of Smetana's Libuše in two live complete recordings documenting the interpretational mastery of the artists associated with the National Theatre: the legendary recording of the performance in 1983 marking the reopening of the theatre after its reconstruction andfeaturing Gabriela Beňačková in the lead role, and the 1995 recording of the new production of Libuše at the National, when the lead role was undertaken by Eva Urbanová. Now Supraphon is supplementing these recordings with a hitherto unreleased on CD older studio recording from 1965, when under Jaroslav Krombholc the lead role was rendered by Naděžda Kniplová.
The re-edition of thisrecording is part of the new Supraphon series titled Czech Opera Treasures, which aims to present recordings of complete operas not previously released on CD.

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CD 1

Bedřich Smetana
Libuše. Festive Opera in 3 Acts
1.
Overture 08:25
2.
Act 1 - Libuše's Judgement - Scene 1: You, Krok's illustrious daughter 08:51
3.
Act 1 - Scene 2: I cannot join them! 04:17
4.
Act 1 - Change of scene. Scene 2: Alas that between sons such confliets... 05:49
5.
Act 1 - Scene 3 - The procession: The snake is not here 20:40
6.
Act 2 - Libuše's Marriage - Scene 1.: Water the horses now and wait for me! 18:06
7.
Act 2 - Scene 2: My uncle bid me to my father's grave 10:23

CD 2

Bedřich Smetana
Libuše. Festive Opera in 3 Acts
1.
Act 23 - Change of scene - scene 3: Heya! Heya! Without rest onward 11:06
2.
Act 2 - Scene 4: The work is finished 07:35
3.
Act 2 - Scene 5: From Libuše we bring you greetings 12:38
4.
Act 3 - Scene 1: Peace is made again between the two brothers 07:52
5.
Act 3 - Scene 2: He comes! He still remains hidden.. 02:50
6.
Act 3 - Scene 3: Welcome to us 02:37
7.
Act 3 - Scene 4: Did she not say that all the power now... 04:40
8.
Act 3 - Scene 5: Hail, stronghold of Vyšehrad 17:26
9.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy (with Six Pictures from Bohemia's History): O Gods almighty 02:16
10.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture I: Břetislav and Jitka 01:41
11.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture II.: Jaroslav of Šternberk 01:39
12.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture III.: Přemysl Otakar II., Eliška and Karel IV. 01:41
13.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture IV: Žižka, Prokop the Great and the Hussites 02:54
14.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture V.: George of Poděbrady 01:46
15.
Act 3 - Libuše's prophecy: Picture VI - The royal castle in Prague 01:50