Janacek: Jenufa - Jurinac, Varnay, Cox, Cochran, Gruberova; Kulka. Wien, 1972


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Hearing Astrid Varnay as Kostelnicka in Jenufa, it becomes clear why Janacek's intended title of the opera was "Her Stepmother." Although past her vocal prime, Varnay does not let that stop her from delivering a gripping performance, creating a character that manages to be both monster and saint at the same time. Sena Jurinac is near perfect as Jenufa. The cast even features a young Edita Gruberova as Jano. The sound is good.

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