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Karol Szymanowski: King Roger; Symphony No. 4 - Elzbieta Szmytka (vocals); Jadwiga Rappe (vocals); Philip Langridge (vocals); Robert Gierlach (vocals);...
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  1. Król Roger (King Roger), opera in 3 acts, Op. 46, M55
  2. Symphony No. 4, for piano & orchestra ("Symphonie Concertante"), Op. 60, M70
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Szymanowski's King Roger has never found its way into the standard repertoire, but it remains an intriguing work with many fiercely loyal advocates. It's easy to understand its appeal; it's written in a lush, post-Romantic style that echoes Strauss, Mahler, and Ravel filtered through the sensibilities of the composer's eastern European roots, and it offers singers (particularly the soprano) ample opportunities to shine. Its broad acceptance has probably been hobbled most by its lack of a convincing dramatic structure. An ...

Karol Szymanowski: King Roger; Symphony No. 4 1999, Angel Records

UPC: 724355682321