OP0537. STRASZNY DWOR (Moniuszko), recorded 1986, w.Jan Krenz Cond. Krakow Radio Ensemble; Andrzej Hiolski, Bozena Betley-Sieradzka, Wiera Baniewicz, Zdzislaw Nikodem, Wieslaw Ochmanm Leonard Mroz, etc. [Some highly memorable singing in this beautiful performance!] (France) 3-Rodolphe 32476/78. w. Elaborate 48pp. Libretto-Brochure in Polish & French. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“Stanislaw Moniuszko's HAUNTED CASTLE is one of those operas that uplift the Central European heart but never reach very far beyond distinct national boundaries. Moniuszko was a contemporary of Chopin and still shares with him the affections of the Polish people. Yet for all his devotion to his country's ethnicity and his long and successful series of operas, he is - for now at least - a footnote rather than a chapter in music history.
Listening to this good-natured comedy…there are inventive moments - the modulation at the end of Jadwiga's aria in Act II, the gracious duet at the pouring of the wax, the bright quintet at the end. But while both Moniuszko and Chopin are married to Polish idioms, Chopin ennobles his material; Moniuszko is the more subservient - and more predictable - spouse.
- Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 April, 1986