Janacek: From the House of the Dead

LABELS: Supraphon
WORKS: From the House of the Dead
PERFORMER: Richard Novák, Milada Jirglová, Vilém Pribyl, Ivo ZídekCzech Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra/Václav Neumann
CATALOGUE NO: 10 2941-2 AAD Reissue
This is not the most authentic text of the opera on disc, nor does it have Mackerras’s spiky intensity. Even so, there’s much to enjoy; it was one of Neumann’s best performances and the cast is a roll-call of many of the finest male Czech singers of the last 50 years. The sentiment is genuine; the performers lay bare the soul of this extraordinary work. Jan Smaczny