Michail Jurowski conducts the Polish Sinfonia Juventus, Warsaw Philharmonic and Artos Children’s choirs and an exceptional cast for the world premiere recording and performance of Anton Rubinstein’s monumental opera Moses. The cast features baritone Stanislaw Kuflyuk as Moses; tenor Torsten Kerl as Pharaoh, King of Egypt; sopranos Chen Reiss as Moses’ sister Miriam and Evelina Dobraceva as Asnath, Pharaoh’s daughter; and mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska as Johebet, Moses’ mother.

Chen Reiss

Rubinstein composed the opera between 1884 and 1891, with libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal. Moses recounts the prophet’s life through eight chapters, each illustrating a different story from the book of Exodus. The project, “an immense declaration of faith and culture” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), is the realisation of a dream of Maestro Jurowski who has dedicated years to the preparation and restoration of the score to this lost treasure of the 19th century.

The album was recorded in October 2017. It received its world premiere complete performance on 15 October, 2017, with the same cast, at Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall. The performance and recording were supported by both the Polish Committee for UNESCO and Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Moses is available as a three CD box-set, download and stream now on Warner Classics.