Wieslaw Ochman (tenor)
Alexander Pinderak (tenor)
Ewa Marciniec (mezzo-soprano)
Ewa Marczyk (violin solo)
Kazimierz Koslacz (cello solo)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
(Chorus-master: Henryk Wojnarowski)
Multiple prize-winner and Grammy award nominee for several of his Naxos recordings, Antoni Wit is one of today’s most highly regarded Polish conductors, an ideal interpreter of the exotic, colourfully scored music of Karol Szymanowski, described by Sir Simon Rattle as “one of the greatest composers of this century”.
The ballet-pantomime Harnasie and the incidental music for Prince Potemkin both draw on the folk-music of the people of the Tatra Mountains, while the ballet Mandragora was composed for a production of Molière’s comedy Le bourgeois gentilhomme.
“Antoni Wit conducts his Warsaw forces in exceptionally warm and idiomatic performances of these two exotic symphonies, vividly recorded. They make an important addition to the Naxos catalogue... Antoni Wit's performance could not be more idiomatic, with singers and players totally inside the music. An outstanding issue.”