IoS album review: Smetana, The Bartered Bride - BBCSO/Beohlavek (Harmonia Mindu)

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Jiri Belohlavek presides over an irresistible performance of Smetana's romantic comedy.

Effervescent from overture to the finale, the BBC Symphony Orchestra plays with sheeny strings, while the BBC Singers deliver crisp and clear ensemble. The soloists are all Czech, and although Dana Buresova and Tomas Juhas enjoy the sweetest melodies as the frustrated lovers, tenor Ales Voracek steals the show as the stuttering Vasek.