IGNAZ JAN PADEREWSKI (1860-1941): Manru.
Catalogue Number: 09P041
Description: Who'd have thought that you'd be able to compare alternate versions of Paderewski's only opera? Manru (which we offered nine years ago on the same label in a different recording - 10G052) received its premiere in 1901. Wagnerian elements present are the continuous action and use of leitmotifs, an orchestral scored with symphonic flair and treatment of the voice often as a musical instrument. Some Polish folk elements are introduced (the plot involves a village girl who marries a gypsy, earning her mother's enmity, which offers the opportunity for a rustic harvest festival and a few scenes of rural, village activity) but Paderewski isn't after a national Polish opera in the manner of Smetana and there is as much Italian style here as there is Wagnerian. 2 CDs. No libretto. Janusz Ratajczak (tenor), Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Barbara Krahel (mezzo), Leszek Skrla (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Nova, Bydgoszcz; Maciej Figas.