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SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Wit)


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Polish Ambition – Antoni Wit Talks to Jeremy Siepmann

SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Wit)

Composed in 1910, at a time when Szymanowski was influenced by Richard Strauss, Reger and Scriabin, the unusually structured Symphony No. 2 is a work of great power and invention, with many passionate and varied contrasts in its use of solo instruments, in particular the violin. Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’, in which orchestra, tenor and choir are subtly blended in a continuous web of intoxicating sound, is a ravishing setting of a Polish translation of a poem by the great medieval Persian mystic known as Mevlânâ, our Master, Jalāl ad-Dīn, which evokes the mysteries and beauty of a starlit Persian night.

Szymanowski, Karol

  Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19
1.   I. Allegro moderato - Grazioso 00:12:59
2.   II. Theme: Lento - 00:01:30
3.   II. Variation 1: L'istesso tempo - 00:01:20
4.   II. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo - 00:01:55
5.   II. Variation 3: Scherzando. Molto vivace - 00:02:40
6.   II. Variation 4: Tempo di gavotte - 00:02:46
7.   II. Variation 5: Tempo di minuetto - 00:02:46
8.   II. Variation 6: Vivace e capriccioso - 00:01:22
9.   II. Fuga 00:07:21

Szymanowski, Karol
Rumi, Jalal al-Din, lyricist(s)

  Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, "Piesn o nocy" (Song of the Night)
10.   I. Moderato assai 00:08:48
11.   II. Allegretto tranquillo 00:07:34
12.   III. Largo 00:09:47

Total Playing Time: 01:00:48

Szymanowski, Karol

Rumi, Jalal al-Din

Wit, Antoni

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Minkiewicz, Ryszard

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570721

Barcode: 0747313072170

Physical Release: 03/2008

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