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Karol Szymanowski - Roxana's Song

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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011

Roxana's Song, for soprano & orchestra (from opera "King Roger"), (1924)

Barbara Zagórzanka, soprano
Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra (Katowice)
Karol Stryja

The Pieśn Roksany (Roxana's Song) is from Szymanowski's successful opera Król Roger (King Roger), in which Queen Roxane, wife of King Roger II of Sicily, espouses the Dionysian religion of the East, brought to her by a shepherd-prophet from India, with whom she falls in love. The libretto of the opera was by the poet and composer Jaroslaw Iwaskiewicz, younger contemporary from the Ukraine, and has obvious connections with the Bacchae of Euripides. [naxos.com]

Art by Théodore Chassériau

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