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Kurka: The Good Soldier Schweik / Platt, Collins, et al

Album Summary

>Kurka, Robert : Good Soldier Schweik
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Jaroslav Hasek's classic World War I comic novel The Good Soldier Schweik unleashed one of the great 20th century archetypal characters: a seemingly simple-minded, guileless protagonist blessed with an instinct for survival in spite of anything and everything. Shortly before his untimely death at age 38, Robert Kurka had completed an opera based on the Schweik storyAlthough Kurka's main teacher was Darius Milhaud, the latter's urbane polyphony is less evident than the Weill/Brecht modernist model with its declamatory rather than lyrical vocal linesThe present world premiere recording stems from the Chicago Opera Theater's April, 2001 production, and it's a knockout in every wayThanks to the folks at Cedille, at long last a glaring operatic catalog gap is triumphantly filled." - Classics Today (10/10)


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>Kurka, Robert : Good Soldier Schweik
  • Performers: Alvaro Ramirez (Bass); Alvaro Ramirez (Bass); Alvaro Ramirez (Bass); Timothy Sharp (Baritone); Timothy Sharp (Baritone); Mark Calvert (Tenor); Buffy Baggot (Mezzo Soprano); Christian Elser (Baritone); Buffy Baggot (Mezzo Soprano); Marc Embree (Baritone); Jason Collins (Tenor); Christian Elser (Baritone); Alvaro Ramirez (Bass); Mark Calvert (Tenor); Wayne Behr (Tenor); Wayne Behr (Tenor); Robert Boldin (Tenor); Marc Embree (Baritone); Robert Boldin (Tenor); Wayne Behr (Tenor); Robert Boldin (Tenor); Stephen Noon (Tenor); Kelli Harrington (Soprano); Kelli Harrington (Soprano); Aaron Judisch (Baritone); Aaron Judisch (Baritone); Stephen Noon (Tenor); Stephen Noon (Tenor); Marc Embree (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Alexander Platt
  • Ensemble: Chicago Opera Theater Ensemble
  • Running Time: 103 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: by 1958
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio