Szymanowski: King Roger (In English) - Knapp, Gail, Howell; Mackerras. London, 1975


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Karol Szymanowski’s mystical, heavily symbolic masterpiece is given a thrilling performance lead by Charles Mackerras, who draws virulent emotions from the murky depths of the score. Peter Knapp is a firm-voiced, beautifully-polished Roger, the medieval king whose kingdom falls under the sway of a mysterious, messianic shepherd, sung by Henry Howell. Janet Gail, as Roger’s wife, Roxana, delivers the goods in a high-lying role, although her diction is often mushy. The choral forces are extremely powerful, and the sound of this 1975 radio broadcast is excellent.

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