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THE RAFTSMAN
CD / 03.03.2020
1. Overture and Chorus
(The clouds are dispersing, the thunder has died)
2. Scene I: Prayer, Recitative and Chorus – Antoni, Feliks, choir
(But first let’s fall to our knees together – Thank you everlasting Lord)
3. Scene II: Recitative and Dumka – Zosia
(What a dreadful morning – Ah! Perhaps amid this storm)
4. Scene III: Duet – Zosia, Szóstak
(Who’ll console a poor lass? – I’ll give the news!)
5.Scene IV: Scene and Arietta – Szóstak, Jakub
(Poor girl, and the father’s stubborn – I’m a hairdresser!)
6. Scene V: Chorus of raftsmen
(The weather is fine today)
7. Song with chorus – Franek, male choir
(The rafts float down the Vistula)
8. Scene VI: Chorus and Scene – Szóstak, Franek, Zosia, Jakub and mixed choir
(O come young raftsman)
9. Scene VII: Duet – Zosia, Franek
(O my dear, again I see you – I hold you to my breast again)
10. Scene VIII: Scene and Quartet – Zosia, Franek, Antoni, Szóstak
(So, Antoni, do you not have a heart? – I forget? What you say?)
11. Scene IX: Scene and Aria – Jakub, Zosia
(Enough of these jokes, men!)
12. Finale – Franek, Szóstak, Jakub, Antoni, Zosia and mixed choir
(Look! Poor thing! The lad’s about to leave – So I bid you farewell, Zosia my dear)
ANA 005
THE RAFTSMAN
Franek the raftsman and Jakub the hairdresser vie for the hand of beautiful Zosia. Though this one-act opera by Stanisław Moniuszko, composed in Paris to a libretto by Stanisław Bogusławski, is often viewed as a hasty attempt to repeat the success of Halka, unlike that latter work The Raftsman ends happily. It does steal the hearts of the audience, especially when performed by such legends! In this 1962 studio recording we hear Halina Słonicka (soloist of Warsaw Opera, the later Teatr Wielki), Bernard Ładysz (one of history’s greatest operatic voices in Poland), the excellent tenor Bogdan Paprocki, one of our best baritones Andrzej Hiolski, and the bass Antoni Majak, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under Zdzisław Górzyński – a conductor who, like no other, could bring out the best in Moniuszko’s operas. This recording is a genuine jewel from the Polskie Nagrania archive.
1. Overture and Chorus
(The clouds are dispersing, the thunder has died)
2. Scene I: Prayer, Recitative and Chorus – Antoni, Feliks, choir
(But first let’s fall to our knees together – Thank you everlasting Lord)
3. Scene II: Recitative and Dumka – Zosia
(What a dreadful morning – Ah! Perhaps amid this storm)
4. Scene III: Duet – Zosia, Szóstak
(Who’ll console a poor lass? – I’ll give the news!)
5.Scene IV: Scene and Arietta – Szóstak, Jakub
(Poor girl, and the father’s stubborn – I’m a hairdresser!)
6. Scene V: Chorus of raftsmen
(The weather is fine today)
7. Song with chorus – Franek, male choir
(The rafts float down the Vistula)
8. Scene VI: Chorus and Scene – Szóstak, Franek, Zosia, Jakub and mixed choir
(O come young raftsman)
9. Scene VII: Duet – Zosia, Franek
(O my dear, again I see you – I hold you to my breast again)
10. Scene VIII: Scene and Quartet – Zosia, Franek, Antoni, Szóstak
(So, Antoni, do you not have a heart? – I forget? What you say?)
11. Scene IX: Scene and Aria – Jakub, Zosia
(Enough of these jokes, men!)
12. Finale – Franek, Szóstak, Jakub, Antoni, Zosia and mixed choir
(Look! Poor thing! The lad’s about to leave – So I bid you farewell, Zosia my dear)
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