Karol Szymanowski Works Recorded in Poland
October 22, 2007
During spring and summer 2007, several orchestral works with voices composed by the important late-romantic composer Karol Szymanowski were recorded by Naxos for release on two CDs.
Karol Szymanowski found compositional inspiration from varied sources, including his travels, poetic texts, and the music of the German and Russian late-Romantics as well as the French Impressionists.
Among the works recorded were Penthasilea, Op. 18, for soprano and orchestra; Demeter, Op. 37b, a symphonic cantata set to poetry by Zofia Szymanowska; and Mandragora, Op. 43, for orchestra and voice. Also recorded were the Stabat Mater, Op. 53 and Harnasie, Op. 55, two works which elevated Szymanowski to wider prominence in the 1920s and 30s.
Held in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, the recording sessions, with Antoni Wit conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and a distinguished group of singers including tenor Wieslaw Ochman and contralto Ewa Marciniec, took place between May and September 2007. The session’s producers were Andrzej Sasin and Aleksandra Nagorko.