Robert Kurka: The Good Soldier Schweik
Alexander PlattBuffy BaggottChicago Opera TheaterJason CollinsKelli HarringtonMarc EmbreeMary StolperRobert Kurka
- CDR 90000 062
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More than four decades after its 1958 debut, American composer Robert Kurka's hilarious, satirical opera The Good Soldier Schweik returns to active duty with a complete, world premiere recording on Cedille Records.
Based on Jaroslav Hasek's classic Czech novel of the same name, Schweik lampoons World War I era Europe through a musical score infused with dances, marches, ballads, jazz, and Weill-esque cabaret.
"Think of a manic hybrid between 'Mahagonny,' 'Wozzeck,' and 'Catch 22,' as staged by the Marx Brothers - that's 'Schweik'," writes the Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein.
This new 2-CD set captures all the wit and sparkle of the Chicago Opera Theater's March 2001 staging, which Opera News called a "triumph . . . it would be hard to imagine a more eminently likeable production." "Bravos to one and all," concurs the Chicago Tribune.
"10/10 - At long last a glaring operatic catalog gap is triumphantly filled . . . The present world premiere recording . . . [i]s a knockout in every way."