BEDRICH SMETANA (1824-1884)
   
 The Bartered Bride 142:30  
  Comic opera in three acts  
  Libretto by Karel Sabina, English version by Kit Hesketh-Harvey  
   
1 Overture 6:28
   
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
2 'Time at last for celebration' 4:36
  Chorus  
3 'Why do you look so downcast' 3:27
  Jeník, Marenka, Chorus  
   
  Scene 2  
4 'Jeník, what will happen if Mother's right?' 1:18
  Marenka, Jeník  
5 Aria: 'Promise me that you would never' 3:34
  Marenka  
6 'Is it so unfair to want to know' 0:53
  Marenka, Jeník  
7 Duet: 'Such a mother is a blessing' 2:25
  Jeník, Marenka  
8 'Faithful love I vow to you' 3:44
  Marenka, Jeník  
   
  Scene 3  
9 'Every detail has been sorted' 5:05
  Kecal, Krušina, Ludmila  
10 'Hold it! Are we not forgetting' 0:59
  Krušina, Kecal, Ludmila  
11 Trio: 'Well, as I told you, he's kind and he's gentle' 3:58
  Kecal, Ludmila, Krušina  
   
  Scene 4  
12 'Look! She's coming!' 4:52
  Kecal, Ludmila, Krušina, Marenka  
13 'Fine then, say what you will' 1:54
  Marenka, Krušina, Ludmila, Kecal  
   
  Scene 5 - Finale  
14 Introduction: Polka - 4:33
  'Take your partners for the polka'  
  Chorus  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
15 'So charge the glasses, lads' 5:05
  Chorus, Jeník, Kecal  
16 Furiant 2:18
   
  Scene 2  
17 'Ma. . . Ma. . . My mamma said' 2:19
  Vašek  
   
  Scene 3  
18 'Don't say you're the body' 1:29
  Marenka, Vašek  
19 Duet: 'I know there's a girl for you' 6:02
  Marenka, Vašek  
   
  Scene 4  
20 'I have plenty of others' 0:48
21 Duet: 'Just a word or two, my friend' 2:40
22 'Time and time again I encounter men' 3:33
23 'Think what it's worth, lad' 2:04
24 'You'll go home to Moravia?' 3:34
  Kecal, Jeník  
   
  Scene 5  
25 'Ah, my friend! Once you learn' 3:50
  Kecal  
   
  Scene 6 - Finale  
26 'Come now everyone, gather round' 4:16
  Kecal, Chorus, Jeník, Krušina  
   
  Act III  
  Scene 1  
27 'I'm near now to despairing' 4:01
  Vašek  
   
  Scene 2  
28 'Roll up! Roll up ladies and gentlemen!' 2:45
  Ringmaster  
29 Ballet 6:02
30 'Oh, it looks so lovely!' 4:53
  Vašek, Esmeralda, Indian, Ringmaster  
31 Duettino: 'Mother doesn't matter, Mother wouldn't care!' 1:44
  Esmeralda, Ringmaster  
   
  Scene 3  
32 'Oh, I don't understand it!' 0:57
  Vašek, Hásek, Kecal, Mícha  
33 Quartet: 'What? Dare he? Would he? You do what?' 2:44
  Háta, Mícha, Kecal, Vašek  
   
  Scene 4  
34 'No! I don't believe you!' 4:58
  Marenka, Krušina, Kecal, Ludmila, Háta, Mícha  
   
  Scene 5  
35 'Oh, Vašek! Don't run away!' 1:14
  Kecal, Vašek, Ludmila, Háta, Krušina, Mícha  
36 Sextet: 'Think it over, Marenka, think it through' 3:18
  Ludmila, Háta, Krušina, Kecal, Mícha, Marenka  
   
  Scene 6  
37 'Oh, but the pain! The burning pain!' 1:49
38 'We dreamed upon a moonlit night' 4:33
  Marenka  
   
  Scene 7  
39 'Marenka mine, Marenka mine!' 4:31
  Jeník, Marenka  
   
  Scene 8  
40 'So then, young man' 1:19
  Kecal, Marenka, Jeník  
41 Trio: 'Be calm, oh my love' 3:37
  Jeník, Marenka, Kecal  
   
  Scene 9 - Finale  
42 'Tell us, Marenka, it's all up to you' 1:11
  Chorus, Marenka, Jeník  
43 'It's Jeník! What's he doing here?' 3:40
  Háta, Mícha, Jeník, Kecal, Marenka, Ludmila, Krušina  
   
  Scene 10  
44 'Everybody get out of the way!' 3:08
  Two boys, Vašek, Háta, Krušina, Ludmila, Mícha, Marenka, Jeník, Chorus  
   
 Neal Davies baritone - Krušina
 Yvonne Howard mezzo-soprano - Ludmila
 Susan Gritton soprano - Marenka
 Geoffrey Moses bass - Toby Mícha
 Diana Montague mezzo-soprano - Háta
 Timothy Robinson tenor - Vašek
 Paul Charles Clarke tenor - Jeník
 Peter Rose bass - Kecal
 Robin Leggate tenor - Ringmaster
 Yvette Bonner soprano - Esmeralda
 Kit Hesketh-Harvey Indian
 Sir Charles Mackerras
  15-21 & 23 December 2004