Vilém Blodek (1834-1874)
Information about the composer Vilém Blodek and his operas.
Vilém Blodek was a professor at the Prague Conservatory, where he taught the flute. Apart from that, he was a concert pianist and the head of several Prague choirs. Blodek's compositional output was modest, and was influenced by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Blodek's own contemporary, B. Smetana. However, this production contained the impression of original lyricism and poeticism, and excels in its instrumentation. The Concert for Flute and Orchestra in D Major and the opera V studni (In the Well) are the most meaningful of his works. He also wrote songs and church and incidental music, and revised and scored classic works.
In the Well
Recommended recordings on CD
Stych/Berman/Márová (Supraphon 33)
Prague National Theatre Orchestra, Kühn Mixed Chorus, conducted by Jan Stych, 6/1981.