Janacek: The Excursions of Mr Broucek

LABELS: Supraphon
WORKS: The Excursions of Mr Broucek
PERFORMER: Vilém Pribyl, Miroslav Svejda, Bohuslav Marsík, Jana Jonásová, Richard Novák Czech PO & Chorus/Frantisek Jílek
CATALOGUE NO: 11 2153-2 AAD Reissue
Two splendid ENO productions have proved this opera to be successful with non-Czech audiences. The work is a potent mix of strong sentiment, especially in the second half, and whimsical comedy. On this vivid 1982 recording, the Czech PO accompanies like a dream. My only slight reservation about a marvellous cast is Vilém Pribyl’s Broucek. His legato tenor is fine for heroic roles, but is less suited to the venal Broucek. Even so, an issue to treasure. Jan Smaczny