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Janácek: Jenufa - Dalibor Jedlicka (vocals); Elisabeth Söderström (vocals); Eva Randova (vocals); Ivana Mixova (vocals);...
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  1. Jenufa, opera, JW 1/4
  2. Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
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It's hard to think of a twentieth century Czech-language opera that has enjoyed more success than Leos Janácek's Jenufa, and there is certainly no shortage of good recordings of it, including one in English. Among the most exceptional is this 1983 effort for Decca led by Charles Mackerras, now revived in its The Originals series. Elisabeth Söderström is riveting in her portrayal of the small town girl desperate for the empty-headed Steva, played by Peter Dvorský, will marry her and legitimize their child. Wieslaw Ochman is ...