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Szymanowski: King Roger / Hendricks, Pasichnyk, Elder

Szymanowski / Elder / Vpo / Katowice City Singer
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 702808  
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Liubov SokolovaSorin ColibanOlga PasichnykJohn Graham Hall,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony OrchestraCamerata Silesia SingersBregenz Musikhauptschule Children's Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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It is hard to believe that for decades Karol Szymanowski´s masterpiece, his magnificant opera King Roger of 1926, led such a shadowy existance until it was revealed for what it is by such powerful champions as Simon Rattle: one of the 20th century´s finest operas. The visually strong production by David Pountney provided the Bregenz Festival with one of it´s most abiding successes in recent years. Scott Hendricks in the baritone title role and Olga Pasichnyk as his queen, Roxana, were both rapturously applauded. “What grandiose music!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

King Roger – Scott Hendricks
Roxana –
Read more Olga Pasichnyk
Edrisi – John Graham Hall
Shepherd – Will Hartmann
Archbishop – Sorin Coliban
Deaconess – Lyubov Sokolova
Voice 1 – Justyna Dyla
Voice 2 – Mariusz Stefanski

Bregenz Musikhauptschule Children's Chorus
Camerata Silesia
Polish Radio Chorus, Kraków
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Mark Elder, conductor

David Pountney, stage director
Raimund Bauer, set design
Marie-Jeanne Lecca, costume design
Fabrice Kebour, lighting design
Ron Howell, choreography

Recorded from the Bregenz Festival, 2009

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Catalan
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 89 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

King Roger, Op. 46 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Liubov Sokolova (Mezzo Soprano), Sorin Coliban (Bass), Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano),
John Graham Hall (Tenor), Will Hartmann (Tenor), Scott Hendricks (Baritone)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Camerata Silesia Singers,  Bregenz Musikhauptschule Children's Chorus  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Poland 
Date of Recording: 2009 
Venue:  Bregenz Festival 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 how to ruin King Roger October 3, 2012 By Renato L Baserga (Ardmore, PA) See All My Reviews "the music of King Roger is first class, with interesting solos and solid orchestration. The presentation is totally misleading. Instead of the story (in Sicily, about the 12th or 13th century), we have a show where everything is red and gaudy and has no relationship whatsoever to the story it narrates. I guess this is what people do nowadays, but in the case of King Roger it was a terrible mistake. The singers walk around smeared in abumdant blood, brandishing bull's horns and heads. It may be modern, but I like modern versions where the sense of the opera is maintained. This production is awful." Report Abuse
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