BEDRICH SMETANA (1824-1884): Dalibor.

Catalogue Number: 05N040

Label: Supraphon

Reference: SU 4091-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Remarkably, this 1979 Brno recording is the third version of Smetana's 1868 historical opera to see life on CD. Set in 15th century Prague, the opera was criticized for being a Czech Fidelio due to the character Milada's Leonore-like attempt to rescue Dalibor from prison but the resemblance is superficial. The monothematicism and use of recurring leitmotifs is closer to Liszt and early Wagner. 2 CDs. No libretto. 12-page synopsis. Eva Depoltová, Nad'a Sormová (sopranos), Vilém Pribyl (tenor), Václav Zítek (baritone), Brno State Opera Chorus, Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra; Václav Smetácek.

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