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ERKEL, F.: István király (King Stephen) [Opera] (Gurbán, Nyári, Bazsinka, King Stephen Opera Choir, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Csányi)

Composer(s):Erkel, Ferenc
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660345-46
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Ferenc Erkel was the father of Hungarian grand opera, as well as an accomplished conductor, pianist and administrator. The last of his nine completed operas, István király, 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. After 125 years of ruinous cuts and alterations to the music and the libretto, this recording is the first to restore the opera to the resoundingly successful form conceived by its composer.


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Review By Christopher Webber,Opera,June 2014

The strength of the performance is the playing, poetic and fiery by turns: Valéria Csanyi’s sensitive direction gives the orchestra its head whenever Erkel allows.

…the chorus and the forwardly-placed soloists alike succeed in their most crucial task: they get the words across, with point and passion. Such clarity…makes certain that Erkel’s last opera communicates with the vivid dramatic intensity he intended. That is no mean achievement, and one that deserves to win new friends for this internationally-overlooked composer. © 2014 Opera



Review By International Record Review,May 2014

Erkel’s score is colourful and melodic and is presented with verve by the orchestra under Valéria Csányi. There are placed in which they can let their hair down and revel in Erkel’s music. © 2014 International Record Review



Review By Lemezkritika,May 2014

A „Szereti ön Erkelt?” parafrazeált kérdésre válaszolók túlnyomó többsége a Hunyadi László és a Bánk bán ismeretében ad - kétségkívül igenlo - választ. Az operabarátok—és az újdonságot, ritkaságot kedvelok—számára a közelmúltban különbözo fórumok álltak rendelkezésre Erkel-zene ismeretük elmélyítésére. Közrejátszott ebben a bicentenárium is, és az adósság-törleszto, nagy-lélegzetu szakmai vállalkozások részleges

A Bánk bán esetében szinte közüggyé lett egy idore az opera, amikor az eredeti vagy átdolgozott verzió mellett (illetve ellen) kötelezte el magát a két verzió közönsége. Talán nem kellene fekete-fehér, igen-nem alapon dönteni, megsemmisítendo az egyiket—érdemesebb lenne a szándékok, tendenciák végiggondolására szánni az idot, s felfedezni mindegyikben az értékeket, tanulságokat. Mindenesetre, az „eredeti vagy átdolgozott” kérdésköre örvendetesen érzékennyé—vagy legalábbis aktívvá—tette a zenehallgatók egy részét. S a felkeltett érdeklodés birtokában remélheto, hogy az kiterjed nemzeti operánk megteremtojének másmore....






 

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