Szymon Kobylinski (Bass), Wioletta Chodowicz (Soprano), Robert Gierlach (Baritone)
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
Milda and Nijola, forgotten works by Stanislaw Moniuszko, whose content is based on Lithuanian mythological motifs, are a unique continuation of the cantata style and form in the Polish music. They are extremely successful pieces, and the shortness of their popularity can be probably explained only with the words of the author of the libretto of Milda, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. If our critics were able to recognise Mr. Moniuszko’s talent, we would not envy Germans songs by Schubert and Mendelssohn Bartholdy (…), better than Mr. Moniuszko only because they were lucky to be born and gain fame abroad. It seems unbelievable that these cantatas have not yet been available on album. In this context, the double- album of the Poznan Philharmonic is an invaluable contribution to restoring Moniuszko to his rightful place in the forefront of 19th-century European composers, not only operatic.