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Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893): King Stephen, opera / Janos Gurban, Zoltan Nyari, Zsuzsanna Bazsinka, Kazmer Sarkany

Audio Samples

  1. Erkel — István király, Act I: Ég áldd meg a királyt (God save the King) [Chorus, István, Hunt,Pázmán,Vencelin,Péter,Vazul, Endre, Béla, Levente, Imr $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Erkel — István király, Act I: Ó atyám, szétzúzva boldogságom (Oh Father, my happiness is shattered) [Imre, Gellért, Chorus, Gizella] $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Erkel — István király, Act I: Hódolva jő ím hű fegyvernököd (Your devoted, loyal squire arrives) [Sebős, Gellért, Gizella, Imre, Jóva] $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Erkel — István király, Act I: Finale. March. A boldog hír szárnyra kelt (The happy tidings have taken wing) [Asztrik, Csanád, Chorus, Hunt, Pázmán, Ven $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Erkel — István király, Act II: Hullámzó folyam (Billowing waves) [Sebős] $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Erkel — István király, Act II: S most merre asszonyom? Előre ezen (Whither now, my lady? Ahead, upon this path) [Soldier, Jóva, Zolna, Sebős] $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Erkel — István király, Act II: Átok reád, Árpádok háza (Curse on you, House of Árpád) [Sebős, Vazul] $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Erkel — István király, Act II: Finale. Megértse mindenki szavunkat (May that our words be clear to all) [Herald, Chorus, István]
  9. Erkel — István király, Act II: És most az Úrnak templomába (And now to the church of the Lord) [István, Chorus, Asztrik, Gellért, Gizella, Csanád, Hun $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Erkel — István király, Act II: Szíved titkát meglestem (I have discovered the secret of your heart) [Sebős, Péter, Chorus] $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Erkel — István király, Act II: Drága magyar föld, új hazám (Dearest land of Hungary, my new country) [Crescimira, Chorus, Gellért, Asztrik, Csanád, Hu $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Erkel — István király, Act III: Most elhagyunk, maradjatok (We take leave now, you stay) [Chorus, Imre, Crescimira] $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Erkel — István király, Act III: Boldogtalan leány (Hapless girl) [Imre, Crescimira] $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Erkel — István király, Act III: Oh, bosszúálló égnek istene (Oh, vengeful God) [Crescimira, Zolna] $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Erkel — István király, Act III: Bosszúdnak angyala (Angel of your revenge) [Péter, Crescimira, Chorus, Sebős] $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Erkel — István király, Act III: Nos, miért e zavart tekintet? (Well now, why these troubled looks?) [Péter, Crescimira, Chorus] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 1: Itt e hely, itt kell várnom reá (Here is the place I must wait for him) [Zolna, Chorus] $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 1: A hajnal érkezik, kelet világa közelg (Dawn arrives, the world of the east approaches) [Barang,Vazul, Chorus, Istv
  19. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 2: Ó, hozza vissza diadallal a nagy királyt az ég (Oh may that Heaven return the great King with triumph) [Gizella, I $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 2: Csak daloljatok (Just sing) [Crescimira] $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 2: Megtört szívemnek első gondja hazám (My homeland is my broken heart’s main concern) [István, Chorus, Csanád, $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 2: Most a végcsapást (Now the final blow) [Sebős, István] $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Erkel — István király, Act IV Scene 2: Uram, bocsásd el hű szolgádat (Lord, let your faithful servant depart) [István, Chorus, Csanád, Asztrik, Gellér $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Erkel, Ferenc : King Istvan, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The last of Erkel's nine completed operas, Istvan kiraly is a tale of passionate emotions, love, jealousy, power struggles and murder in which King Stephen, the founder of the Hungarian state and its first Christian ruler, is portrayed as a saint amidst the clash of pagan and Christian worlds. This is the first recording to restore the opera to its original, uncut form. The 19th century Hungarian composer Ferenc Erkel is considered the father of grand opera in Hungary.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The performance is quite good. Janos Gurban is a lightweight but dignified Stephen, Zoltan Nyari brings a bright, ringing tenor to the role of Imre, and Zsuzsanna Bazinka soars easily over the ensembles. The best singing comes from Jolan Santa in the small role of Jova, a lady-in-waiting. One presumes the chorus, orchestra, and conductor deliver the music with complete conviction. The sound is quite good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hungaroton Rottenbiller Street Studio, Budapest, Hungar (08/26/2012-08/27/2012).



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>Erkel, Ferenc : King István, opera
  • Performers: Akos Ambrus (Baritone); Laszlo Deak (Organ); Janos Fatrai; Janos Gurban; Sandor Kecskes; Zoltan Nyari; Domotor Pinter; Kázmér Sárkány (Bass); Ferenc Valter
  • Conductor: Valeria Csanyi
  • Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Hungaroton Rottenbiller Street Studio, Budapest, Hungary (08/26/2012-08/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta