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Dvorak: Rusalka


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Dvorak's opera Rusalka reaches extraordinary heights of melodic eloquence. Rusalka is also the most consciously 'through-composed' of Dvorak's operas but this does not prevent Czech opera's most famous aria the ineffably beautiful 'Song to the Moon', being frequently extracted from the score and sung as a standalone aria. Sometimes thought of as a 'one aria opera', this is just one of many glorious arias for Rusalka, among them the moving firstact plea, 'Your ancient wisdom everyone knows' ('Staleta moudrost tva vsechno vi'), made to the witch Jezibaba asking her to make her human, and her desolate lament 'Robbed of my youth' ('Mladosti sve pozbavena') at the start of Act 3. Rusalka is by no means a mainstay in the operatic oeuvre but this new 2009 production and recording from Glyndebourne is destined to put this much overlooked masterpiece to the forefront of romantic repertory. The recording is aided by a stellar cast. Ana Maria Martinez's astonishing humanity shines through in her heart rending portrayal of Rusalka, burly tenor Brandon Jovanovich is a handsome Prince, with real Slavic flavour added with Mischa Schelomianski as Rusalka's wise old father Vodnik, and Larissa Diadkova as the evil witch Jez?¡baba, both giving exemplary performances, with Czech conductor Jiri B?¼lohlavek and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, giving the music a wonderful emotional intensity at all the right moments.
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Item number GFOCD 007-09
Barcode 878280000078
Release date 01/06/2010
Category Classical
Label Glyndebourne
Media type CD
Number of units 3
Performers
Composers Dvorak, Antonin
Conductors Belohlavek, Jiri
Orchestras London Philharmonic Orchestra
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