Janacek: The Excursions of Mr Broucek

WORKS: The Excursions of Mr Broucek
PERFORMER: Lorenz Fehenberger, Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Böhme, Wilma Lipp, Kieth EngenBavarian State Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Joseph Keilberth
CATALOGUE NO: C 354 942 I ADD mono
This one is for interest only. Mr Broucek’s first excursion to Germany is a near travesty: even a moving speech on the state of the nation is transformed into a comic turn. Keilberth directs energetically and Fehenberger’s Broucek has a splendidly Brechtian edge. Sadly, much of the performance, taken live from the stage, is pretty rough and with competition from a superb Supraphon set (see January) is no safe recommendation. Jan Smaczny