BEDRICH SMETANA (1824-1884): The Secret.
Catalogue Number: 09N031
Reference: SU 4069-2
Description: The Secret (1878) is almost entirely monothematic (the theme is reminiscent of From Bohemia's Woods and Fields) and, in its story of a secret which is actually known to all of the villagers, contains many of the same ingredients as The Kiss as well as the same gentle lyricism, early love recovered late and message of reconciliation. We offered the stereo Zdenek Kosler version back in Dec. 2001. This historical mono recording is all that's currently available. 2 CDs. No libretto. Stefa Petrová (soprano), Stepánka Stepánová (mezzo), Ivo Zídek (tenor), Premysl Kocí (baritone), Karel Kalas (bass), Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra; Jaroslav Krombholc. Original 1953 Supraphon LP release