BEDRICH SMETANA (1824-1884): Dalibor.
Catalogue Number: 12R024
Label: Onyx Classics
Description: Recorded a mere seven months ago at a live concert performance at the Barbican in London, this is the first digital Dalibor, Smetana’s 1877 drama set in 15th century Prague. The monothematicism and use of recurring leitmotifs is closer to Liszt and early Wagner, making this an interesting combination of Czech nationalism and German technique. 2 CDs. 12-page synopsis. Libretto and translation (the one used in the Supraphon 1979 recording when it was reissued on CD) available on-line. Dana Burašová, Alžbeta Poláčková (sopranos), Richard Samek (tenor), Ivan Kusnjer (baritone), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jirí Belohlávek.