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Gabriela Benackova

Magazine article Czech Music

Gabriela Benackova

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Gabriela Benackova

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Gabriela Benackova--soprano, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra of the National Theatre and its Choir, Orchestra of the Janacek Opera in Brno, Bohumil Gregor, Vaclav Neumann, Zdenek Kosler, Sir Charles Mackerras, Frantisek Jilek - conductors. Production: Petr Vit. Text: Eng., Ger., French, Czech. Recorded: 1978-1997, Rudolfinum Prague, National Theatre Prague, Janacek Opera Brno. Published: 2005. TT: 74:06. DDD. 1 CD Supraphon SU 3853-2.

Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Dvorak and Janacek--This is the order in which selected recordings from the discography of Gabriela Benackova have been set. These are all Supraphon recordings made over a period of almost twenty years. They are proof of the singer's unageing sovereign mastery and stylistic range of style. Her exceptional voice is a delight, but what is essential is the spirit of her singing, which we always believe, whether she is playing Verdi's Leonora from The Force of Destiny, Desdemona from Othello, Puccini's Tosca, Cho-cho-san or Manon, Tchaikovsky's outstanding Liza, Smetana's Marenka (one of the most charming we have ever heard), Libuse (relatively less heroic, but all the more exalted and feminine for that--the prayer from the 1st Act with the chorus forms the centre of the recording not only in terms of length, but conceptually. …

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