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Janacek - The Excursions of Mr Broucek | Supraphon SU43392

Janacek - The Excursions of Mr Broucek

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU43392

Barcode: 0099925433925

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Expected Release Date: 5th July 2024

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Contents

Artists

Jaroslav Brezina
Ales Briscein
Frantisek Zahradnicek
Alzbeta Polackova
Jiri Sulzenko
Roman Janal
Jiri Bruckler
Martin Srejma
Josef Moravec
Doubravka Souckova
Stanislava Jirku
Prague National Theatre Opera Chorus
Prague National Theatre Orchestra

Conductor

Jaroslav Kyzlink

Works

Janacek, Leos

The Excursions of Mr Broucek

Artists

Jaroslav Brezina
Ales Briscein
Frantisek Zahradnicek
Alzbeta Polackova
Jiri Sulzenko
Roman Janal
Jiri Bruckler
Martin Srejma
Josef Moravec
Doubravka Souckova
Stanislava Jirku
Prague National Theatre Opera Chorus
Prague National Theatre Orchestra

Conductor

Jaroslav Kyzlink

About

In April 1920, following 12 years of intricate work, Leoš Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr Brouček premiered at the National Theatre in Prague, the one and only work of his to do so. A century later, the self-same theatre’s soloists, chorus and orchestra returned to the “Broučekiad” at the Rudolfinum in Prague. The present studio recording, after Neumann’s and Jílek’s only the third in the Supraphon catalogue, was thus in part made owing to the closure of theatres and concert halls during the recent Covid pandemic. Janáček dedicated The Excursions of Mr Brouček to T.G. Masaryk, the first President of the newly founded Czechoslovak Republic. Declining to celebrate the two nations’ acquired freedom and statehood by foregrounding Saint Wenceslas, Charles IV or another great figure of Czech history, the composer chose as the protagonist of his “national” opera one Mr Brouček, a narrow-minded oaf, coward, hypocrite, liar, boor and drunkard. A man overly fond of food and beer, possessing a simplistic worldview, suspicious of everything different and unaccustomed, loathing artists and intellectuals. In The Excursion of Mr Brouček to the Moon, his crassness clashes with the Moonlings’ aesthetic, highbrow affectation, while in The Excursion of Mr Brouček to the Fifteenth Century his unflinching self-centeredness, servility and mendacity contrast starkly with the ideals of the uncompromising Hussite warriors, fighting for “God’s truth”. As Janáček himself put it: “Brouček embodies our pettiness; made for stage.” One hundred years down the road, this picture of the “ordinary Czech” is still befitting, worthy of exposing. The new album features Jaroslav Březina, brilliantly portraying the lead character, and other distinguished Czech singers, under the seasoned conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink.

A significant role in enhancing the recording’s quality is played by spatial feeling of the recording process itself as well as by the Dvořák Hall’s splendid acoustics and colourful sound. By releasing the album, the National Theatre in Prague commemorates the 170th anniversary of the birth of Leoš Janáček, the most globally renowned of Czech opera composers.

Cast:
- Matěj Brouček: Jaroslav Březina
- Mazal / Azurean / Petřík: Aleš Briscein
- Sacristan / Lunigrove / Domšík of the Bell: František Zahradníček
- Málinka / Etherea / Kunka: Alžběta Poláčková
- Würfl / Wonderglitter / Councillor: Jiří Sulženko
- Poet / Cloudy / Another voice: Roman Janál
- Svatopluk Čech / Vacek the Bearded / First Taborite: Jiří Brückler
- Composer / Harper / Miroslav the Goldsmith: Martin Šrejma
- Painter / Glorious Rainbow / Professor’s voice / Vojta of the Peacocks / Second Taborite: Josef Moravec
- Young waiter / Child prodigy / Student: Doubravka Součková
- Kedruta Stanislava Jirků

Recorded at the Rudolfinum, Prague, 29 August 2020 and 17–18 May 2021

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