Leos Janacek: Kat'a Kabanova
From the Glynderbourne Festival Opera, Music by Leos Janacek, Text after A.N. Ostrovsky's "The Storm", translated by Vincenc Cervinka
The London Philharmonic, conductor Andrew Davis, The Glynderbourne Chorus, Chorus-Director Ivor Bolton
Cast: Nancy Gustafson, Felicity Palmer, Ryland Davies, Barry McCauley, John Graham-Hall, Louise Winter
Running Time : 99 min
Recording Date: 1988
Menu languages: D,GB,F,SP
Subtitle languages: D, GB, F, SP
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 2,5
Sel. No. 100 158 PAL
Leoš Janácek was not just one of the leading Czech composers, together with Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák, but also one of the most original writers of opera in the 20th century, whose works had a profound impact on the development of contemporary music.
His nine works for the stage in particular introduced the life and customs of his country - and also its folk melodies and musical idioms - to the rest of the world. Katya Kabanova was first performed in Brno.
One year later it was premiered in Prague, and as early as 1923 Otto Klemperer conducted the first performance in German in Cologne.
In 1951, conductor and musicologist Charles Mackerras presented a ground-breaking performance in London, initially under the baton of Rafael Kubelik.
Mackerras, who is now regarded as one of the outstanding interpreters of the great Czech composer, was later responsible for drawing up the critical edition of the opera.