- Akos Ambrus (Baritone)
- Sandor Kecskes
- Janos Fatrai
- Domotor Pinter
- Zoltan Nyari
- Laszlo Deak (Organ)
- Janos Gurban
- Ferenc Valter
- Kázmér Sárkány (Bass)
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.
Recording information: Hungaroton Rottenbiller Street Studio, Budapest, Hungar (08/26/2012-08/27/2012).
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Works DetailsErkel, Ferenc : King István, opera
- Performers: Akos Ambrus (Baritone); Sandor Kecskes; Janos Fatrai; Domotor Pinter; Zoltan Nyari; Laszlo Deak (Organ); Janos Gurban; Ferenc Valter; Kázmér Sárkány (Bass)
- 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