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Less striking is the brief evidence of his Mozart : Blachut might be
an obvious casting for Titus, but the emperor's aria (Deh piu' -- 'Co sláva'
in the Czech) from La Clemenza di Tito Act I suffers from
undue portamento -- lightly done, but slightly irritating -- and a
nervy vibrato; and the Prague RSO is scarcely at its most inspired.
Considerably better is his Radames (Aida, in a recording with the
beautifully honed National Theatre Orchestra under Zdenek Folprecht, a Czechoslovak
conductor hitherto unknown to me), and an enchanting rendering of Gounod's
celebrated hymnic aria 'Salut! Demeure' from Faust Act 3 (again under
Folprecht), which works with remarkable beauty and naturalness in Czech
('Bud' zdráv, ty milý') : Blachut's beautifully mellow enunciation
makes the language issue simply disappear throughout. What's more, he manages
Donizetti's 'Una furtiva lacrima' (for once, sung here in Italian) with
a beautiful tenderness and restraint that is rare in these days of overkill.
But Blachut starts from Czech opera -- and naturally enough, with Smetana
: a delightfully un-obvious choice from The Bartered Bride, Jenik's
aria 'Az uzrís' (When You Find') from Act 2, and then a sequence
from Dalibor (a role he first sang at the National Theatre in l945)
-- very different and more melting than the Dalibor sequences on the
Marie Podvalová disc I'll be reviewing here shortly (3504-2 611),
and including both the beautifully turned 'Slysels to príteli?' ('Did
you hear it in heaven?') and 'Nebyl to on zas?' ('Was it him again?'). The
Act 2 duet -- this with Podvalová -- is superb.
Copyright © 3 March 2001
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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