Janacek: The Makropulos Case (In English) - Haywood, Woollam, Swift, Herincx, R. Remedios; Mackerras. London, 1975


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In the 1960s and 1970s Janacek was enjoying a revival in Great Britain thanks in great part to the efforts of Sir Charles Mackerras. Some of that credit, however, also goes to soprano Marie Collier who created many memorable evenings as Jenufa and Emilia Marty. When Collier died under mysterious circumstances in 1971, Lorna Haywood inherited many of her roles. Haywood's voice was somewhat similar to Collier's. It was slender yet steely which meant that she could bring an youthful innocence to heavier parts including even Sieglinde which she sang in Goodall's legendary Ring. She is joined by an excellent cast of Sadler's Wells veterans including Raimund Hernincx, Tom Swift, Kenneth Woollam and Ramon Remedios. Charles Mackerras proves why he was such an effective advocate for the operas of Janacek. The sound is very good.

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