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It' sung in Czech, because it was common at the time. Singers were not allowed to travel in the days of early communism in Czechoslovakia. Some people emigrated, like e.g. Jarmila Novotná, but many artist's international careers were ruined by the Nazist and the subsequent Communist regimes.
Beno Blachut was arguably the best Czech tenor. This piece was recorded in 1955, when he was 42. For example, Christopher Lee once said Blachut's was one of the greatest tenor voices he had ever heard.