Szymanowski - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Stabat Mater | LSO Live LSO0739

Szymanowski - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Stabat Mater

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Label: LSO Live

Cat No: LSO0739

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd September 2013

Contents

Artists

Toby Spence (tenor)
Denis Matsuev (piano)
Sally Matthews (soprano)
Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Kostas Smoriginas (baritone)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Szymanowski, Karol

Stabat Mater, op.53
Symphony no.3, op.27 'The Song of the Night'
Symphony no.4, op.60 'Symphonie Concertante'

Artists

Toby Spence (tenor)
Denis Matsuev (piano)
Sally Matthews (soprano)
Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Kostas Smoriginas (baritone)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

This second, star-studded instalment of Gergiev’s Szymanowski cycle features Toby Spence as soloist in the Third Symphony, ‘Song of the Night’ and internationally renowned pianist, Denis Matsuev in the virtuosic ‘Symphonie concertante’, Symphony No 4. Szymanowski’s deeply personal choral work, 'Stabat Mater', completes the cycle and stars Sally Matthews and Ekaterina Gubanova, and introduces the young baritone, Kostas Smoriginas to LSO Live listeners.

For decades, Szymanowski’s music was rarely heard outside Poland. Today, he is recognised as one of Poland’s greatest musical figures. His desire to embody the music of his native land and his incorporation of the folkloric sounds of the Polish mountains make his orchestral works a must for anyone with an interest in Polish culture and music.

Szymanowski’s Third Symphony is a musical setting of a 13th-century poem written during his second, Franco-Arabic period, and combines the influences of Wagner, Chopin and Scriabin. The 'Stabat Mater' is derived from poet Józef Jankowski’s translation of the medieval poem about the grieving mother of Christ. Symphony No.4, one of Szymanowski’s last compositions, was dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein and is a piano concerto in all but name.

"The teeming, ultra-glamorous surface of Szymanowski’s opulent Third Symphony, The Song of the Night, maintained a sheeny iridescence that never felt overbright, even at the score’s hedonistic climaxes, while a structure that can seem aimless took flight and held to its airborne course. Toby Spence floated his clean-edged tenor over the gorgeous textures conjured by the orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus." - The Guardian

"Symphony no.4, “Symphonie Concertante” of 1932 is a piano concerto in all but name and as such easily stands up to comparison with the great works by Bartók and Prokofiev of the same period. As performed by Gergiev and his powerful pianist Denis Matsuev, this was a performance that struck one as energetic and bold, but also giving time for the work to breathe and expand as needed." - bachtrack.com

"In the Stabat Mater, it was the radiance of the perfumed harmonies and the gorgeous contours of the melodic lines that Gergiev emphasised" - The Guardian

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