Karol Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 (Naxos Audio CD)

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

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 gained a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and 5 STARS for these “deliriously sensual scores” from ClassicFM Magazine (8.570721).

The Naxos recordings of 8.570724, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, is nominated in the Choral catagory of the BBC Music Awards 2009.


Contents and Reviews

Concert Overture, Op. 12
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 15
Symphony No. 4 ‘Symphonie Concertante’, Op. 60
Study in B flat minor, Op. 4, No. 3 (orch. Grzegorz Fitelberg)