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

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Perfect Pairing

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.

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Contents
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)
  

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