Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor)
Małgorzata Walewska (Mezzo-Soprano), Mariusz Godlewski (Baritone), Arnold Rutkowski (Tenor), Marcin Bronikowski (Baritone), Edyta Piasecka (Soprano), Tomasz Konieczny (Bass-Baritone), Karol Kozlowski (Tenor), Monika Ledzion-Porczynska (Mezzo-Soprano), Rafal Siwek (Bass)
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir
Orchestra of the 18th Century
The catalogue of Stanisław Moniuszko’s operas released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute has gained one more work, a very important one: The Haunted Manor. The romantic-patriotic opera Straszny Dwór (The Ghostly Castle) from 1865 is one of the successes of the Polish national composer Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) and is often (sometimes jokingly, sometimes appreciatively) called the most Polish of all Polish operas. In fact, the work is full of sparkling melodies in the style of Polish folk music and deserves to be better known in our country. The active label of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw presents here for the first time a recording of the original version of the popular masterpiece on historical instruments, which also scores with an excellent cast of singers.
It is a world phonographic premiere of The Haunted Manor in the complete version on historical instruments with the legendary Orchestra of the 18th Century.