- Liubov Sokolova (Contralto)
- Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano)
- Scott Hendricks (Baritone)
- Will Hartmann (Tenor)
- John Graham-Hall (Tenor)
- Sorin Coliban (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
It is hard to believe that for decades Karol Szymanowskis 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 centurys finest operas. The visually strong production by David Pountney provided the Bregenz Festival with one of its 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!" (Suddeutsche Zeitung)
Still, despite the miscalculations, there are enough moments of visual genius to make this well worth watching - and the musical performance is well worth hearing as well. Scott Hendricks is a sonorous Roger, slightly stiff in his phrasing (especially toward the beginning), but convincing in his tormented growth into freedom and understanding; Will Hartmann is a strong foil, handling the long sensuous lines with superb self-confidence; and if Olga Pasichnyk has neither the strength nor always the agility for the extremely demanding part of Roxana, her characterization is sure and her quieter passages often quite lovely. Elder and the orchestra are clearly enjoying the chance to luxuriate in Szymanowski's extravagances; if balances are sometimes askew, there's never a loss of musical motion. The choral work is outstanding. As for the Blu-ray's technical aspects: The sound is good, if not as immediate and timbrally well defined as that on this same company's recent Ring and Turandot; the video quality is first-rate.
Run Time: 89 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Catalan
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Works DetailsSzymanowski, Karol : King Roger, Op. 46
- Performers: Liubov Sokolova (Contralto); Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano); Scott Hendricks (Baritone); Will Hartmann (Tenor); John Graham-Hall (Tenor); Sorin Coliban (Bass)
- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Polish Radio Choir Krakow
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1918-1924