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An additional Smetana duet, that of Lukás and Tomes from the sprightly
comic opera The Kiss (Hubicka) is less of a vehicle for Blachut,
yet under Chalabala's direction certainly catches the spirit of this delightful
opera, which rivals The Bartered Bride for its sheer entertainment
value. Yet Lukás's tenor solo 'Já nest'astník' (I'm
unhappy!') is unexpectedly heroic, and as powerful as Rusalka in
its way; and the love duet with Vendulka (the utterly charming, Ludmila
Cervinková, who matches Blachut in her beautiful restraint, with
the inspired Zdenek Chalabala conducting), sheer delight.
And it's Rusalka that wins the final accolade : here, we hear
initially the material from Dvorák's 'Hymn to the Moon', but prefacing
instead the Prince's gorgeous Act I aria 'Vidino divná'; ('Beautiful
vision'). And that's exactly what it proves in this sensitive tenor's hands.
Everything Blachut touches has delicacy, a transparent openness, and warmth.
Jaroslav Krombholc, who conducts the Dalibor excerpts, also directs
this melting performance.
Beno Blachut was born in l9l3 and died in l985. Supraphon have illustrated
the sleevenotes with impressive character photos throughout, making it an
archive, and remastered the material admirably : the result is a fitting
tribute to one of the most poignantly beautiful singers of the late 20th
century, and a figure of the absolute front rank.
Copyright © 3 March 2001
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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