Szymanowski: King Roger / Kwiecien, Jarman, Pirgu, Pappano, Royal Opera House Orchestra (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Opus Arte
Catalog Number: OA BD7162D
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Number of Discs: 1

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Also available on standard DVD

This ravishing production from Covent Garden, recorded in May, 2015, certainly takes its cues from Freud... The score is a stunner, alternately sensual and sumptuous, with dissonant eruptions. It can sometimes overwhelm with its exotic, anointed quality, which makes it seem obvious, but it is certainly one of a kind. It requires, of course, a cast willing to learn Polish, and for that alone we should praise this production – it sometimes sounds as if it has no vowels. I suspect it would not have come to be were it not for Polish-born Mariusz Kwiecien, a remarkable singing actor in foreign languages and now even more remarkable in the comfort of his own. Roger is a veritable garden of uncertainties and hungers, and Kwiecien’s acting and singing give us each doubt, each fear, each unresolved bit of passion. His voice is in wonderful shape as well–a highly placed, bright baritone.

There are subtitles in English, French, German, Japanese, and Korean and bonus features including explanations by Pappano and Holten – as well as a blow-by-blow documentary. King Roger is not an oddity or a rarity–it’s a major part of the operatic canon and this is an ideal way to get to know it.

Works on This Recording
1. King Roger, Op. 46 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer: Georgia Jarman (Soprano), Saimir Pirgu (Tenor), Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1924 ; Poland
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