Ferenc Erkel - King Stephen
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Label: Naxos - Opera
Cat No: 866034546
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3rd February 2014
ArtistsJanos Gurban (baritone)
Zoltan Nyari (tenor)
Zsuzsanna Bazsinka (soprano)
Kazmer Sarkany (baritone)
Tamas Daroczi (tenor)
Ildiko Szakacs (soprano)
Akos Ambrus (baritone)
King Stephen Opera Chorus
Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Ferenc Erkel was the father of Hungarian grand opera, as well as an accomplished conductor and pianist. The last of his nine completed operas, István király (King Stephen) 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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