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Smetana - The Bartered Bride

From the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a performance of Smetana's comic opera The Bartered Bride.

Louise Fryer presents the Thursday Opera Matinee, which this week features an unusual version of Smetana's The Bartered Bride in German translation. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with an all-star cast at his Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria in 2011.

Considered a major contribution towards the development of Czech music, The Bartered Bride is a comic opera which was premiered in Prague on 30 May 1866. Set in a country village, it tells the story of how, after a late surprise revelation, true love prevails over the combined efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker. Czechs think of the opera as quintessentially Czech in spirit: it features many folk-like dances such as the polka and the furiant. This recording from last year's Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria is the first production of the opera in the German translation by Emanuel Z√ľngel who was commissioned directly by Smetana to translate the libretto.

After the first two acts of the opera today (you can hear Act 3 tomorrow) there's more from recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, including Tchaikovsky's famous Rococo Variations.

Smetana: Die verkaufte Braut (The Bartered Bride), Acts I & II
Krusina ..... Anton Scharinger (baritone)
Ludmila ..... Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo)
Marenka ..... Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)
Micha ..... Yasushi Hirano (bass)
Hata ..... Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo)
Vasek ..... Markus Schafer (tenor)
Jenik ..... Kurt Streit (tenor)
Kecal ..... Ruben Drole (bass)
Pricnicpal komediantu ..... Heinz Zednik (tenor)
Esmeralda ..... Bibiana Nwobilo (soprano).
Arnold Schoenberg Chorus,
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor).

3.50pm
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Pieter Wispelwey (cello),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Stefan Blunier (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts

    Performer: Anton SCHARINGER - Bass Performer: Bibiana NWOBILO - Soprano Performer: Dorothea ROSCHMANN - Soprano Performer: Elisabeth KULMAN - Contralto Performer: Elisabeth von MAGNUS - Contralto Performer: Heinz ZEDNIK - Tenor Performer: Kurt STREIT - Tenor Performer: Markus SCHAFER - Tenor Performer: Nikolaus HARNONCOURT - Conductors Performer: Ruben Drole - Main Artist Performer: Yasushi Hirano - Main Artist Performer: Arnold Schoenberg Choir Performer: Chamber Orchestra Of Europe

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a rococo theme Op.33 for cello and orchestra vers. standard [7 vars.]

    Conductor: Stefan Blunier Performer: Pieter WISPELWEY - Cello Performer: BBC Scottish S O

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