Szymanowski - Symphonies No.1 & No.4, etc | Naxos 8570722

Szymanowski - Symphonies No.1 & No.4, etc

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8570722

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 30th March 2009

Contents

Artists

Jan Krzysztof Broja (piano)
Ewa Marczyk (violin solo)
Marek Marczyk (viola solo)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Antoni Wit

Works

Szymanowski, Karol

Concert Overture, op.12
Etudes (4), op.4
» no.3 in B flat minor (arr. for orchestra)
Symphony no.1 in F minor, op.15
Symphony no.4, op.60 'Symphonie Concertante'

Artists

Jan Krzysztof Broja (piano)
Ewa Marczyk (violin solo)
Marek Marczyk (viola solo)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Antoni Wit

About

Although Szymanowski later dubbed his First Symphony a “contrapuntal-harmonic-orchestral monster” and disavowed the influence of Wagner, Reger and Richard Strauss (also evident in the opulent Concert Overture), it is an astonishingly powerful work by a composer only in his mid-20s and still enthralls a century after its première.

He described his Fourth Symphony as “nearly a concerto” owing to the piano’s prominent rôle, its highly-charged Neo-baroque character inviting comparison with Stravinsky.

Szymanowski’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
(8570721) gained a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and 5 STARS for these “deliriously sensual scores” from ClassicFM Magazine.

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