In post-war Poland, Szymanowski tried to create a new life for himself.
Donald Macleod introduces a vocal work which came out of his association with a newly formed literary group in Warsaw, a choral piece brought about by personal tragedy and, thanks to an upturn in his fortunes, his long-cherished opera project King Roger.
Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leon Botstein (conductor)
King Roger - Extract from Act 2
King Roger....Thomas Hampson
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Simon Rattle (conductor)
Jadwiga Gadulanka (soprano)
Krystyna Szostek-Radlowa (alto)
Andrzej Hiolski (baritone)
Polish State Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra of Katowice
Karol Stryja (conductor).