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Smetana:The Devil's Wall
Vaclav Bednar, Bedrich Smetana, Zdenek Chalabala
Smetana:The Devil's Wall
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Vaclav Bednar, Bedrich Smetana, Zdenek Chalabala, Prague National Theater Orchestra, Libuse Domaninska, Milada Subrtova, Antonin Votava, Ivo Zidek
Title: Smetana:The Devil's Wall
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Label: Supraphon
Original Release Date: 1/1/1960
Re-Release Date: 6/20/1995
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 789368884827, 099925220129, 8596911220122, 859691122012

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Fine performances of a fine work
G.D. | Norway | 12/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Devil's Wall is Smetana's last completed opera. The plot is rather complicated, so suffice to say it is a comic-romantic drama with, despite some rather dull and workmanlike passages, several interesting and beautiful parts - especially those given to the Lord of Rosenberg as sung, wonderfully, by Vaclav Bednar.

In fact, most of the roles are filled by very able singers - Milada Subrtova is fine as Hedvika and both Libuse Domaninska and Ivo Zidek deliver well-sung roles as well. I am less sure about Antonin Votava, but that may be in part because his role of Michalek contains less striking music. Chalabala's conducting is good as always, and despite being almost 50 years old, the sound is very good - far better than, say, on the later Brandenburgers in Bohemia set under Tichy.

All in all this is a very recommendable recording of what is perhaps not Smetana's best opera, but a very worthwhile one nonetheless."