Leos Janacek - Operas (9 CD box set, FLAC)
Leos Janacek - Operas (9 CD box set, FLAC)

Performer: Peter Dvorsky, Dalibor Jedlicka, Jana Jonasova, Marie Mrazova, Wieslaw Ochman, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper et al.
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Composer: Leos Janacek
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 9 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Decca
Size: 2.54 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

Jenůfa
Marie Mrazová – Stařenka Buryjovka
Wieslav Ochman – Laca Klemeň
Peter Dvorský – Steva Burja half-brother
Eva Randová – Kostelnička Burjovka
Elisabeth Söderström – Jenůfa
Václav Zitek – Stárek Mill foreman
Dalibor Jedlička – Rychtář Mayor
Ivana Mixová – Rychtářcka Mayor’s wife
Lucia Popp – Karolka their daughter
Vera Soukopová – Pastuchyňa; Tetka
Jindra Pokorná – Barena
Jana Jonasova – Jano

Přihody Lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Dalibor Jedlička – Gamekeeper
Eva Zigmundová – Gamekeeper’s Wife
Vladimir Krejčik – Schoolmaster
Richard Novák – Priest
Václav Zitek – Harašta
Beno Blachut – Pásek innkeeper
Ivana Mixová – inkeeper’s wife/Woodpecker/Crested Fowl
Lucia Popp – Vixen/Young Vixen
Libuše Márová – Lapák the dog
Gertrude Jahn – Cock/Jay
Eva Hríbiková – Frantík
Zuzana Hudecová – Pepík
Peter Šaray – Frog/Grasshopper
Miriam Ondrášková – Cricket
Eva Randová – Fox

Z Mertvého Domu (From the House of The Dead)
Ivo Židek – Skuratov
Jiří Zahradniček – Filka Morozov
Václav Zitek – Shishkov
Dalibor Jedlička – Goryanchikov
Antonín Švorc – Commandant
Joroslava Janská – Alyeya
Vladimir Krejčik – Tall Prisoner
Richard Novák – Short Prisoner
Beno Blachut – Old Prisoner
Zdenĕk Švehla – Voice from the Steppe/Cherevin
Eva Zigmundová – Wench
Zdenĕk Soušek – Shapkin/Kedril
Jaroslav Soušek – Chekunov/Don Juan

Věc Macropulos (The Macropulos Case)
Elisabeth Söderström – Emilia Marty
Peter Dvorský – Albert Gregor
Vladimir Krejčik – Vitek
Anna Czaková – Kristina (Krista)
Václav Zitek – Jaroslav Prus
Zdenĕk Švehla – Janek
Dalibor Jedlička – Kolenatý
Jiří Joran – Stage Technician
Ivana Mixová – Cleaning Woman
Beno Blachut – Hauk-Šendorf
Blanka Vítková – Chamber Maid

Kát’a Kabanová
Dalibor Jedlička – Saväl Prokofjevič Dikoj
Peter Dvorský – Boris Grigorjevič
Nadĕžda Kniplová – Marfa Ignatĕvna Kabanová
Vladimir Krejčik – Tichon Ivanyč Kabanov
Elisabeth Söderström – Katĕrina
Zdenĕk Švehla – Váňa Kudrjáš
Libuše Márová – Varvara
Jaroslav Soušek – Kuligin
Jitka Pavlová – Glaša
Gertrude Jahn – Fekluša
Adolf Tomaschek – Passer-by
Hedwig Dreschler – A woman from the crowd

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CD 01 Jenůfa
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Janáček after Gabriela Preissová’s play Její Pastorkyňa

Act I
1. Prelude 1.50
2. Uz Se Vecer Chyli 9.59
3. Co To Robis Mladku? 4.52
4. Co Ty, Jenufo 2.22
5. Dusa Moja, Stevo, Stevusko 3.45
6. A Tak Bychom Sli Celym Zivotem 8.17
7. Stevo, Stevo, Ja Vim 5.27
8. Jak Razem Vsecko To Stevkovo Vypinani Schliplo 4.32
Act II
9. Prelude 1.20
10. Necham Jeste Dvere Otevreny 7.24
11. Ba, Ta Tvoje Okenicka Uz Pres Dvacet Nedel 2.11
12. Tetko Kostelnicko, Poslala Jste Cedulku 9.03
13. Ale Videl Jsem Vchazet Sohaje 3.20

CD 02
1. Co Chvila…Co Chvila 3.48
2. Mamicko, Mam Tezkou Hlavu 8.43
3. Kdo To Je? 5.57
4. Tot Zrovna Jde! 6.33
Act III
5. Neni Ti Teskno, Jenufko? 2.39
6. Dej Buh Stesti 4.29
7. Vidis Laco, Ja To Tusila 3.52
8. A Hen…Uz Jsou Tu! 2.52
9. To Bylo Nakeho 3.25
10. Chud Atko! 2.51
11. Jeste Jsem Tu Ja! 3.04
12. Vstante, Pestounko Moja! 4.18
13. Odesli 3.34
14. Final Scene (‘Odesli’ ) 3.29
15. Zarlivost – Overture 5.37

CD 03 Přihody Lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Janáček after Rudolf Tĕsnohlídek’s novel

1. Prelude 3.18
Act I
2. Dostaneme Bourku 1.22
3. Kmotrenka Zakoncertovala Si Take? 1.45
4. Mami! 1.44
5. Pantomime 3.06
6. Change Of Scene 2.02
7. To Cucis Lapakul!? 2.26
8. Ze Nevis, Co Mame? 1.06
9. Pantomime 3.33
10. Melas Delat Podliva Mne! 0.55
11. Hled’te, Sestry Jakeho Mate Vudce! 3.45
Act II
12. Ach! 3.55
13. Ano, Ve Strani Bude Daleko Lepe 3.58
14. Domu? Pro Ten Snupec Tveho Spani? 2.16
15. Bud’to Mam Teziste Pohyblive 3.03
16. Pomni, Abys Byl Dobrym Muzem! 3.23
17. Bozinku, Ten Je Hezke! 2.36
18. Kradla Jsem! 3.07
19. Zlatohrbitek, Lisak S Krouzkovymi Pesiky 8.24
20. Kdybyste Vedeli, Co Ja Videla 3.26

CD 04
Act III
1. Dez Sem Vandroval, Mozeka Hrala 7.01
2. Bezi Liska K Taboru 1.49
3. Kolik Jsme Uz Meli Deti? 2.25
4. Nusu Dule! 3.07
5. A Kde Otec Pasek? 3.38
6. To Uz Ne! 4.59
7. Nerikal Jsem To? 4.50
8. Hoj? Ale Neni Tu Bystrousky! 0.58
9. Totok Nejsem Ja 1.12
Orchestral Suite (from “The Cunning Little Vixen”, arr. Václav Talich)
10. I Andante 9.03
11. II Andante 10.01

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CD 05 Z Mertvého Domu (From the House of The Dead)
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Janáček after Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel

Act I
1. Prelude 5.31
2. Privedou Dnes Pana! 4.15
3. Jak Te Nazyvaji 5.22
4. Neuvidi Oko Jiz Tech Kraju 4.56
5. Aljejo, Podavej Nitku! 7.05
Act II
6. A… A… 4.16
7. Alexandr Petrovic, Bude Prazdnik 7.52
8. Presel Den, Druhy, Treti 2.52
9. Dnes Bude Muj Posledni Den 5.18
10. Pantomimi-‘The Fair Miller’s Wife’ 4.52
11. Pekne Hrali, Co? 4.30

CD 06
Act III
1. Isaj, Prorok Bozi 7.13
2. Ma Detatka Mila 8.33
3. A Ja Byl, Bratricku, Az Do Svatby Zpit! 5.40
4. S Filkou Jste Se Opet Spratelili? 6.58
5. Petrovici! Ja Jsem Te Urazil 5.13

Věc Macropulos (The Macropulos Case)
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Janáček after Karel Čapek’s play
Act I

6. Prelude 5.30
7. Ach Je, Ach Boze! 4.17
8. Tati, Ta Marty Je Ohromna 1.56
9. Tady Prosim, Jenom Racte 11.37
10. Konecne!… Dobre, Gregore! 5.52
11. Emilie!…Pro Tebe Nejsem Emilie 4.17
12. Nasli Jsme! Nasli! 2.49

CD 07
Act II
1. Videli Ty Kytice? 2.0
2. Janku, Pojd’ Sem 6.51
3. Dovolte, Dovolte, Prosim 3.59
4. Dalsi. Kdo Mi Co Chce? 1.34
5. Dovolte Mi Drive Otazku 5.36
6. Tos Ty, Bertiku 5.39
7. To Jsi Ty, Bertiku 3.46
Act III
8. Nu? Slysite? 5.23
9. Buenos Dias, Maxi! 3.40
10. Pecitko S Inicialkou 12.09
11. Pro Lekare! 7.57

CD 08 Kát’a Kabanová
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Janáček after Alexander Ostrovsky’s play The Storm
Act I

1. Zazrak! 6.20
2. Pojd’me Mu S Cesty! 1.53
3. Proc Bych Neodpovedel? 2.13
4. Co Pak Je? 3.13
5. Ches-Li Matky Poslechnout 3.13
6. Tak Vidis, Porad Jen Pro Ni! 1.29
7. Interlude I 1.07
8. Vis, Co Mi Napadlo 11.19
9. Nu Coz? 3.40
10. Je Cas, Tichone 3.57
Act II
11. Vida, Chvastala Jsi Se 4.09
12. Vida! Nestesti! 4.19
13. Nic Zvlastniho 2.57
14. Interlude II 1.00
15. Nikoho Tu Neni! 3.10
16. Vida, Taky Si Vysel Na Toulku! 1.58
17. Za Vodou, Za Vodickou 1.47
18. Jste To Vy, Katerino Petrovno? 6.29
19. To Jste Si Vymyslily Peknou Vec! 5.41

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CD 09
Act III
1. Krape! 1.29
2. Celeho Mne To Pokropilo! 2.40
3. Pssst! Pssst! Zda Se, Ze Je To On! 1.13
4. Ach, Varvaro! 3.07
5. Ach Glaso! 2.01
6. Videt Se S Nim 11.40
7. Svedl Nas Buh! 5.17
8. Ptacci Prileti Na Mohylu 3.15

Sinfonietta
9. I Allegretto-Allego-Maestoso 2.22
10. II Andante-Allegretto-Maestoso-Tempo I-Allegretto 6.10
11. III Moderato-Con Moto-Prestissimo-Tempo I-Moderato 5.23
12. IV Allegretto-Adagio-Presto-Andante-Presto-Prestissimo 3.04
13. V Andante Con Moto-Maestoso-Tempo I-Allegretto-Allegro-Maestoso-Adagio 7.15

Taras Bulba
Rhapsody after Gogol
14. I The Death Of Andri 8.54
15. II The Death Of Ostap 5.30
16. III The Prophecy And Death Of Taras Bulba 9.08

An irreplaceable set

I just want to put in a word for the precious works of Leos Janacek as presented by Charles Mackerras and the VPO. Along with the Colin Davis recordings of Berlioz on Philips, these are the records for which I feel the greatest love. I own all these works on cd but, living in a tiny house, took this opportunity to acquire these staggering works in truly compact form. The assembled libretti plus John Tyrrell’s splendid introductions from my old sets take up more space than this little box. I still prefer a physical representation to the streaming alternative in most cases. Life has many saving graces and one of the happiest is knowing that the music of Janacek, Debussy, Handel, and so many others is always near and ready if we are.

10 Comments

  1. ooh complete operas of janacek! this is the decca collection, isn’t it?

  2. Whatever –

    You’re labor of love is greatly appreciated. I’d love to buy you endless rounds of the best beers!

    Thank you so.

  3. Whatever!! You are the M A N, but you know that.

    Goodness, thank you, kindest of sirs.

  4. Whatever, always you have given us the better of the classic music. Thank you very much.

  5. Ahoy, Whatever!
    Thanks 10000 times for the operas of this great Czech Composer!

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