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WARSAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The first performance of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra took place on 5 November 1901 in the then newly opened Philharmonic Hall under the artistic director and principal conductor, Emil Młynarski, with the world-renowned pianist, composer and future statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski as soloist in a programme that included Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor and works of other Polish composers, Chopin, Moniuszko, Noskowski, Stojowski and Żeleński. The orchestra achieved considerable success until the outbreak of war in 1939, with the destruction of the Philharmonic Hall and the loss of 39 of its 71 players. Resuming activity after the war, the orchestra was conducted by Straszyński and Panufnik, and in January 1950 Witold Rowicki was appointed director and principal conductor, organising a new ensemble under difficult conditions. In 1955 the rebuilt Philharmonic Hall was re-opened, with a large hall of over a thousand seats and a hall for chamber music, recognised as the National Philharmonic of Poland. Subsequent conductors included Bohdan Wodiczko, Arnold Rezler and Stanisław Skrowaczewski, and in 1958 Witold Rowicki was again appointed artistic director and principal conductor, a post he held until 1977, when he was succeeded by Kazimierz Kord, serving until the end of the centenary celebrations in 2001. From 2002 to 2013 Antoni Wit was the managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic – The National Orchestra and Choir of Poland. In 2013 Jacek Kaspszyk became the orchestra’s artistic director. The orchestra has toured widely abroad (Europe, both Americas, Japan), in addition to its busy schedule at home in symphony concerts, chamber concerts, educational work and other activities. It now has a complement of 110 players. Recordings include works by Polish composers, Paderewski, Wieniawski, Karłowicz, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Lutosławski, Górecki and Kilar, and by foreign composers, with acclaimed interpretations of works by Mahler and Richard Strauss. Their releases have won many prestigious awards, including a GRAMMY® in 2012 and six other GRAMMY® nominations.

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo: Dominik Skurzak

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Antoni Wit conducts Henryk Górecki Naxos 8.503268
MAHLER Complete Symphonies Naxos 8.501502
PENDERECKI Choral Works (Masterpieces of the 20th Century) Naxos 8.505224
PENDERECKI Symphonies Nos 1-5, 7, 8, Orchestral Works Naxos 8.505231



Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ART OF CHOPIN (THE) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3078948
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Concerto, Op. 61 / Overture to Collin's Coriolan, "Coriolan Overture" (Stern, Warsaw Philharmonic, Rowicki) CD Accord
CDAccordACD117
Orchestral, Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Choral Music (Wolak, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) Naxos
8.572694
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) Naxos
8.573061
Choral - Sacred
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0039
Choral - Sacred
CHOPIN, F.: Fantasy on Polish Airs / Piano Concerto No. 1 (Goerner, Warsaw Philharmonic, Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD090
Orchestral, Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Fantasy on Polish Airs / Rondo a la krakowiak (Nebolsin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572335
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Fantasy on Polish Airs / Rondo a la krakowiak (Nebolsin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0011
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Variations on La ci darem / Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante (Nebolsin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572336
Orchestral, Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Variations on La ci darem / Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante (Nebolsin, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0012
Orchestral, Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Falvai, Harasiewicz, Budapest Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Korodi, Kord) Capriole
CA14003
Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Kissin, Demidenko, Wit) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10202B
Classical Concert
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Kissin, Demidenko, Wit) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20104
Classical Concert
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Paleczny, Poblocka) CD Accord
CDAccordACD053
Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Rubinstein, Warsaw Philharmonic, Rowicki, Argerich, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nowak) CD Accord
CDAccordACD080
Concertos
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Music (The Great Chopin Performances) Capriccio
C7039
Concertos
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Frederic Chopin Capriccio
C49030
Concertos
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Peter Tchaikovsky Capriccio
C49031
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, J.S. / CHOPIN, F. / BRAHMS, J. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUMANN, R. / GRIEG, E. Capriccio
C18402
Concertos
GÓRECKI, H.: Concerto-Cantata / Little Requiem for a Certain Polka / 3 Dances (Gorecka, Wincenc, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572872
Chamber Music, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
GUARNIERI, M.C.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3 (Barros, Warsaw Philharmonic, Conlin) Naxos
8.557666
Concertos
GUARNIERI, M.C.: Piano Concertos Nos. 4-6 (Barros, Warsaw Philharmonic, Conlin) Naxos
8.557667
Concertos
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Wit) Naxos
8.572639
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0026
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
JANACEK, L.: Taras Bulba / Lachian Dances / Moravian Dances (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572695
Orchestral
KARLOWICZ, M.: Serenade / Violin Concerto (Kaler, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572274
Orchestral, Concertos
KARLOWICZ, M.: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 1 (Wit) - Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie / Rapsodia litewska / Epizod na maskaradzie Naxos
8.570452
Orchestral
KARLOWICZ, M.: Symphony in E Minor, "Rebirth" / Bianca da Molena (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572487
Orchestral
KILAR, W.: Koscielec 1909 / Piano Concerto / Bogurodzica / Exodus (Malicki, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) CD Accord
CDAccordACD120
Orchestral, Concertos, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
KILAR, W.: Missa Pro Pace (Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD079
Choral - Sacred
KILAR: Bogurodzica / Piano Concerto / Hoary Fog / Koscielec 1909 Naxos
8.557813
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Naxos Mahler Album (The) Naxos
8.578124
Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.550533-34
Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Warsaw Philharmonic and Choir, Wit) (Blu-ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0009
Orchestral
MONIUSZKO, S.: Overtures (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572716
Orchestral
PANUFNIK, A.: Piano Concerto / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Piano Concerto / SZYMANSKI, P.: Piano Concerto (Poblocka) CD Accord
CDAccordACD046
Concertos
PANUFNIK, A.: Sinfonia sacra, "Symphony No. 3" / Symphony No. 10 / Cello Concerto (Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic, Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD072
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
PENDERECKI (Eternal) Naxos
8.572134
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Canticum canticorum Salomonis / Kosmogonia (Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) Naxos
8.572481
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Vocal
PENDERECKI, K.: Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos / Largo / Sonata for Cello and Orchestra (Monighetti, Noras, Kwiatkowski, Wit) Naxos
8.570509
Concertos, Orchestral
PENDERECKI, K.: Credo (Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD066
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Credo / Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae sescentos abhinc annos fundatae (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572032
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
PENDERECKI, K.: Fonogrammi / Horn Concerto / Partita / The Awakening of Jacob / Anaklasis / De natura sonoris No. 1 (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572482
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, "Resurrection" / Flute Concerto (B. Douglas, Dlugosz, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572696
Concertos
PENDERECKI, K.: Polish Requiem (Klosinska, Rappe, Minkiewicz, Nowacki, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.557386-87
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Polymorphia / Anaklasis / Fluorescences / Threnody To the Victims of Hiroshima / Intermezzo / Kosmogonia (Wit) (2-LP set) Naxos
NAC-LP002-03
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
PENDERECKI, K.: Seven Gates of Jerusalem, "'Symphony No. 7" (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.557766
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: St. Luke Passion (Klosinska, Kruszewski, Tesarowicz, Kolberger, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.557149
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Symphony No. 7, "7 Gates of Jerusalem" (Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD036
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Symphony No. 8 (first version 2005) / Dies irae / Aus den Psalmen Davids (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.570450
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Te Deum / Hymne an den heiligen Daniel / Polymorphia / Ciaconna (Klosinska, Rehlis, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.557980
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
PENDERECKI, K.: Utrenja (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572031
Choral - Sacred
PENDERECKI, K.: Viola Concerto / Cello Concerto No. 2 (Zhislin, Vassiljeva, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572211
Concertos
Piano Recital: Argerich, Martha - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCHUMANN, R. / BACH, J.S. / CHOPIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. / GINASTERA, A. CD Accord
CDAccordACD020
Concertos
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 9, "Great" / MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 39 (Warsaw Philharmonic, Kletzki, Zecchi) (1955, 1962) CD Accord
CDAccordACD114
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R.: Scenen aus Goethes Faust (Scenes from Goethe's Faust) (Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) Naxos
8.572430-31
Choral - Secular
SCHUMANN, R.: Scenes from Goethe's Faust (Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0015
Choral - Secular
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Choral - Sacred
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Harnasie / Mandragora / Prince Potemkin: Incidental Music to Act V (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.570723
Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Stabat Mater / Veni Creator / Litany to the Virgin Mary / Demeter / Penthesilea (Wit) Naxos
8.570724
Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0021
Orchestral
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B-Flat Minor (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.570722
Orchestral
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Minkiewicz, Broja, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) Naxos
NBD0022
Orchestral
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Wit) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5017
Classical Concert
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 4, "Symphonie Concertante" / Harnasie (Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD027
Ballet
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 (Warsaw Philharmonic Archive) (Oistrakh) (1961, 1969) CD Accord
CDAccordACD118
Concertos
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Concert Overture (Danczowska, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Kord) CD Accord
CDAccordACD026
Orchestral, Concertos
SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Wit) Naxos
8.570721
Orchestral
SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Nocturne and Tarantella Naxos
8.557981
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 8, Op. 83, "Tveti Pol'shi", "Kwiaty Polskie" (Polish Flowers) (Dobrowolska, Marciniec, Bartminski, Wit) Naxos
8.572873
Orchestral





 
 
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