Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphonic Poems vol.2 (Naxos Audio CD)


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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,
Antoni Wit

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz’s six symphonic poems, composed between 1904-09, are the pinnacles of a career tragically ended when he perished in an avalanche during a solitary mountain hike.

His fame as one of the outstanding Polish composers of his generation rests on these highly original, lushly-scored masterpieces, the first, second and fifth of which are included on this second volume.

Bitterly criticised by contemporary Polish critics as examples of ‘modernist chaos’, these splendid Neo-Romantic works show both Karlowicz’s intense admiration for Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss, and the scale of his own achievement.


Contents and Reviews

Powracajace fale (Returning Waves), Op. 9

Smutna opowiesc (Preludia do wiecznosci) A Sorrowful Tale (Preludes to Eternity), Op. 13

Odwieczne piesni (Eternal Songs), Op. 10
I. Piesn o wiekuistej tesknocie (Song of Everlasting Yearning);
II. Piesn o milosci i o smierci (Song of Love and Death);
III. Piesn o wszechbycie (Song of Eternal Being)