Album

Prague National Theatre Orchestra, Zdeněk Chalabala

Fibich: Šárka. Opera in 3 Acts

Catalogue Number: SU 3983-2
Published: 26th February 2010
Genre: Opera
Format: 2 disks
The opera Šárka could be termed a joint work of deep love and feeling. Zdeněk Fibich composed it at the end of the 19th century to the libretto of Anežka Schulzová, his pupil and love of his life. The story of Šárka loosely links up to the action of the festive opera Libuše, created by Bedřich Smetana. It depicts the outbreak of the so-called Maidens' War following the death of the mythical Princess, when women wanted to regain the privileges they had once enjoyed under Libuše's reign. Šárka was premiered on 28 December 1897 on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague with Adolf Čech conducting and impressive costume designs by Mikoláš Aleš. Within the Czech Opera Treasures series, our CD presents the hitherto unreleased 1953 recording of the piece conducted by Zdeněk Chalabala, who invited the legendary soprano Marie Podvalová to portray Šárka and the heroic tenor Lubomír Havlák to render the role of Ctirad.

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Libretto for download: http://www.supraphon.com/…gue/libretto

Disk 1

Zdeněk Fibich
Šárka. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 51
1.
Overture 10:00
2.
Act 1 "Shadows of departed souls" 05:54
3.
Act 1 "Dead! My arrow flew straight to its breast!" 01:30
4.
Act 1 "Šárko - it's you! - You too are wandering" 03:32
5.
Act 1 "With grieving hearts" 01:57
6.
Act 1 "Oh you fainthearted maidens!" 03:14
7.
Act 1 "Welcome, mighty Přemysl, our ruler!" 09:26
8.
Act 1 "Our God eternal, ruler of the light" 02:54
9.
Act 1 "Oh you men, you boastful vipers!" 01:51
10.
Act 1 "In the sacred name" 04:57
11.
Act 1 "Arise, Vlasta!" 03:04

Disk 2

Zdeněk Fibich
Šárka. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 51
1.
Act 2 - Introduction 01:02
2.
Act 2 "Halt! We have reached our goal!" 02:56
3.
Act 2 "Hoy! Sisters, goog health!" 02:32
4.
Act 2 "Be it a chasing race! Hoyo!" 03:20
5.
Act 2 "The hatred creeps like a dark shadow" 03:18
6.
Act 2 "Enough is said! Time speeds on!" 02:34
7.
Act 2 "Silence reigns all around" 04:16
8.
Act 2 "The silver moon rises" 04:20
9.
Act 2 "Woe! Help me!" 02:47
10.
Act 2 "Yes, indeed, I hated you!" 04:34
11.
Act 2 "You are mine, and no one will take you away!" 05:49
12.
Act 2 "Woe! Away! Quickly away!" 03:05
13.
Act 3 - Introduction 03:27
14.
Act 3 "You have led me and my men of arms" 03:41
15.
Act 3 "Hear me, eternal sky" 02:51
16.
Act 3 "Where have you brought me, awful treachery?" 02:40
17.
Act 3 "A court of justice has examined" 04:49
18.
Act 3 "I am not afraid, o, cold death" 03:37
19.
Act 3 "The time has come!" 03:11
20.
Act 3 "Look how weak I am" 04:25
21.
Act 3 "This is my work!" 01:56
22.
Act 3 "Look - over there!" 05:57