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Rusalka Import


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Audio CD, Import, November 1, 1998
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Disc: 1
1. Rusalka: Overture
2. Rusalka: Act One: 'Ho, Ho, Ho!' (Three Dryads, The Watersprite)
3. Rusalka: Act One: 'Watersprite, My Father Dear!' (Rusalka, The Watersprite)
4. Rusalka: Act One: 'He Comes Here Frequently' (Rusalka, The Watersprite)
5. Rusalka: Act One: 'O, Moon High Up In The Deep Sky' (Rusalka, The Watersprite, Jezibaba)
6. Rusalka: Act One: 'Your Ancient Wisdom Knows Everything' (Rusalka, Jezibaba)
7. Rusalka: Act One: 'Abracadabra!' (Jezibaba, The Watersprite, The Hunter)
8. Rusalka: Act One: 'Here She Appeared And Again Disappeared!' (The Prince, The Hunter)
9. Rusalka: Act One: 'The Hunt Is Over, Return Home At Once' (The Prince, The Naiads, The Watersprite)
10. Rusalka: Act One: 'I Know You're But Magic That Will Pass' (The Prince)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rusalka: Act Two: 'No One In This World Can Give You' (The Watersprite)
2. Rusalka: Act Two: 'White Blossoms All Along The Road' (Chorus, The Watersprite)
3. Rusalka: Act Two: 'Rusalka, Daughter, I Am Here!' (The Watersprite, Rusalka)
4. Rusalka: Act Two: 'Strange Fire In Your Eyes Is Burning' (The Foreign Princess, The Prince, The Watersprite)
5. Rusalka: Act Three: 'Insensible Water Power' (Rusalka)
6. Rusalka: Act Three: 'Ah, Ah! Already You Have Come Back?' (Jezibaba, Rusalka)
7. Rusalka: Act Three: 'Uprooted And Banished' (Rusalka, The Naiads)
8. Rusalka: Act Three: 'That You're Afraid? Don't Be Silly' (The Gamekeeper, The Turnspit, Jezibaba, The Watersprite)
9. Rusalka: Act Three: 'Hair, Golden Hair Have I (Three Dryads, The Watersprite)
10. Rusalka: Act Three: 'Where Are You, My White Doe?' (The Prince)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B00000DFP9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Her voice is utterly perfect for this role.
Emma de Soleil
They all performed the roles their entire lives and you can clearly hear it in their performances.
NJ
For those unfamiliar with Dvorak's most famous opera I heartly recommend it.
A. Zemach

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Zemach on October 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The music is great. The recording is a little old but fine. The singers sound good. The package comes with a little "commentary" booklet about the opera and the full libretto (nice touch!). This is a studio recording so there are no irritating audience sounds. The sound is clear and vibrant.
For those unfamiliar with Dvorak's most famous opera I heartly recommend it. It's very lyrical, and pleasing to the ear. There is a lot more here than just the famous "O moon" (heard in 'Driving Miss Daisy') the entire opera is lovely and very easy to get into.
Turn up your stereo and enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emma de Soleil on May 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Rusalka is, along with "Yevgeny Onegin", my favourite Slavic opera. Only a few stunning recordings of this one exist, my favourites almost all "unknowns". My Nr.1 sadly only recorded the song to the moon, the sadly underrated Pilar Lorengar. Nr.2 is present on this recording, Milada Subtrova. Her voice is utterly perfect for this role. Beautiful in an unearthly way, youthful & yearning she gives the despairing watersprite a dignity it so desperately needed. Her phrasing is ardent and noble, her diction picture-perfect. Her vocal acting surpasses such great Rusalkas as Stratas, Fleming &Benackova. It may not have Stratas' fragility, Fleming's pacing & lucurious timbre & Benackova's silvery top but it has enough of everything and more. Never do we hear her throw herself in a pose, she's always natural. A great achievement that's sadly underrated nowadays. (She also lends an actress her voice in a Rusalka-Film, btw)

Eduard Haken sounds perfect as Rusalka's warning father. simply superb. Ivo Zidek sings with fervour & youthful timbre as the faithless prince, his final duet with Rusalka is heartbreaking indeed. Despite my love for Fleming & Stratas, this remains my favourite recording of Dvorak's enchanting fairy tale opera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NJ on February 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This 1961 recording by the all-Czech cast is just great. They all performed the roles their entire lives and you can clearly hear it in their performances. As a Czech native, I was not distracted by imperfect pronunciations and trully enjoyed the performance as it captured the beauty of Dvorak's music. It made me homesick.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Joseph on August 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rusalka is quintessential Dvorak. And it is one of those operas that's totally entertaining to hear on CD even if you don't know or follow the libretto. I have heard the sets by Neumann and Mackerras and despite their virtues, Chalabala's performance makes Dvorak's score come alive in the way alive the others don't. The sound is rich and full and revealing of detail. And the price is competitive. If you love Dvorak this is not to be missed.
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