Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C785092I
Barcode:
4011790785226
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Die verkaufte Braut

Vienna has played an important role in the performance history of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride ever since the work achieved its international breakthrough in the city at the time of the 1892 World Fair. Performed in German, it has long been a regular part of Vienna’s mainstream operatic repertory. In 1959, for example, Günther Rennert’s new production at the State Opera went on to achieve cult status, enjoying a grand total of ninety performances in all. In 1960 this production was captured by the microphones and recording equipment of Austrian Radio in a performance that immortalized the interpretations of the original principals from 1959. The cast was headed by Irmgard Seefried, a great favourite with Viennese audiences and one whose natural musicianship still seems particularly well suited to the character of Maøenka, or Marie as she is always known in German-language performances of the piece. At the time of this recording she could already look back on a stage career lasting two whole decades, and yet she had been able to retain the youthful freshness of her tone – an indispensable prerequisite for any successful interpretation of this role. The other half of this dream couple was Waldemar Kmentt as Jeník, or Hans, one of the roles with which the Austrian tenor was rightly most closely associated. With his dark-toned tenor voice, vivid diction and radiant top notes, he provides a wholly convincing portrayal of the youthful lover who is also a cunning gambler. The tragicomedy of his stuttering stepbrother is well caught by Murray Dickie with both skill and an equally beautiful tone, avoiding all sense of buffo excess. That the self-infatuated and vainglorious marriage broker Kecal is bent on palming off the bride on him, treating her as a mere object, seems entirely plausible when the role is played by another Viennese operatic institution, the distinguished Upper Austrian bass Oskar Czerwenka, an outstanding singing actor who invests the part with an altogether unmistakable profile. Even the smaller roles are cast from strength by singers of the calibre of Hilde Konetzni, Rosette Anday and László Szemere, all of whom milk their brief scenes for all that they are worth. A lively and yet always well-disciplined performance is further guaranteed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Berislav Klobuèar, who, often criminally undervalued, presided genially over countless repertory performances in Vienna.

 


Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride) (Sung in German)
1.     Overture
06:41
2.     Act I: Warum soltten wir nicht froh sein? (Chorus)
04:26
3.     Act I: Sage mir, mein lieber Schatz (Hans, Marie, Chorus)
04:42
4.     Act I: Wenn ich das einmal erfahre (Marie)
03:45
5.     Act I: Weiss nicht mal, woher du kommst! … Muttersegen schafft dir Heimat (Marie, Hans)
06:32
6.     Act I: Wie ich sagte, Herr Gevatter (Kecal, Krusina, Ludmilla)
09:23
7.     Act I: Ei, da kommt sie! (Kecal, Krusina, Ludmilla, Marie)
01:56
8.     Act I: Hab' schon entschieden (Marie, Kecal, Krusina, Ludmilla)
04:24
9.     Act I: Finale: Polka - Heissa, Mudel, tanz die Polka! (Chorus)
04:38
10.     Act II: Welch' Gottesgabe ist das Bier (Hans, Kecal, Chorus)
04:52
11.     Act II: Furiant
02:14
12.     Act II: Ma-mein Mutterlein ha-hat zu mir gesagt (Wenzel)
02:13
13.     Act II: Seid Ihr nicht der Brautigam von Kruschinas Mariechen? (Marie, Wenzel)
01:17
14.     Act II: Ene ist mir gut bekannt (Marie, Wenzel)
05:55

Disc 2

1.     Act II: Wie gesagt, sie ist jung, hubsch und arbeitsam (Kecal, Hans)
00:51
2.     Act II: Nun, mein Freundchen, hor doch zu (Kecal, Hans)
05:47
3.     Act II: Ich weiss ein Mudel, das hat Dukaten (Kecal, Hans)
02:21
4.     Act II: Wenn du mir die Marie sein lasst (Kecal, Hans)
03:16
5.     Act II: Wart nur, wart, bis die Augen dir aufgehn (Hans)
03:43
6.     Act II: Finale: Kommt nur Herrschaften! (Kecal, Hans, Krusina, Chorus)
04:33
7.     Act III: Wa-was soll ich nur ma-machen? (Wenzel)
03:31
8.     Act III: Komodlanten-Marsch - Fanfare! - Hiermit tun wir dem hochedlen Publikum kund (Direktor)
02:43
9.     Act III: Springtanz - Ballett und Vorfuhrungen der Wandertruppe
05:06
10.     Act III: Ei-ei-ei-ei, da-das ist herrlich (Wenzel, Esmeralda, Indianer, Direktor)
02:23
11.     Act III: Na, mein Lieber, sagt, euch gefallt wohl Esmeralda (Direktor, Wenzel, Esmeralda)
01:55
12.     Act III: Ein gar husbsches Tierchen (Esmeralda, Direktor)
01:34
13.     Act III: Oh, ich U-u-ungluckswurm (Wenzel, Hata, Kecal, Micha)
03:13
14.     Act III: Nein, nein, das glaub' ich niemals (Marie, Krusina, Kecal, Ludmila, Wenzel, Hata)
07:48
15.     Act III: O, tut das wehl … Mein Liebestraum, wie war er so schon! (Marie)
06:02
16.     Act III: Marie, mein Schatz! (Hans, Marie, Kecal)
04:01
17.     Act III: Finale: Sag uns, wie hast du entschieden, Marie? (All)
07:32

Total Playing Time: 02:09:17