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David W. Robinson
Positive Feedback Online, November 2013

Positive Feedback’s 10th Annual Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Awards for 2013 – The Best of the Best!

Antony Wit’s Penderecki symphony cycle for Naxos is part of a comprehensive Penderecki project that has already generated over twenty releases. This is a one-box reissue of Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8, along with several other works of orchestral music. As a package, it provides a rich and varied introduction to a modern composer some of us are just beginning to comprehend and admire. Great music, great music-making. © 2013 Positive Feedback Online



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, January 2013

Sometimes it can be very rewarding to be presented with a tranche of music by a major composer that you know not at all. That has proved to be resoundingly the case with this five disc set of “orchestral” works by Krzysztof Penderecki.

All the performances are conducted by Antoni Wit who aside from being a conductor of exceptional breadth and skill also studied composition with Penderecki. I have no idea what Wit’s own compositions are like but that fact alone must assure the listener that here is an interpreter with a close and profound understanding of what makes the composer ‘tick’.

An artistic statement of impressive intent and compelling execution. © MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

Probably the most significant recordings of music by Krzysztof Penderecki has now been gathered together to form a five-disc boxed set. As the series passed its half-way point in January 2008 I wrote: ‘As we have progressed through his orchestral cycle from Naxos, I have chronicled Penderecki’s conversion from the darling of the avant garde movement to the point where he has restored a link with traditional tonal music.’  His symphonies have been the milestones in that journey, and while Naxos have been proactive in releasing a wide spectrum of his music, these recordings, together with that of his massive St. Luke Passion, have been landmark releases played by the two fine Polish orchestras both conducted by Antoni Wit. And I suppose Wit is the key to the cycles’ success, for while we will continue to hear other views, in these recordings Wit has set the benchmark against which all others will be judged. With each release I commented on the outstanding quality of orchestral playing, some discs completed by other important orchestral scores including the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. The choice of soloists in the vocal symphonies has been ideal, while I have described the recordings as being ‘in the superlative class, punchy, transparent and immaculately balanced’. © 2012 David’s Review Corner



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, August 2012

The seven symphonies on this five-disc set (numbered 1 through 8—there’s no number 6) run the gamut from the astringent First and large-scaled Fourth to the choral Seventh. The focused and intense performances by conductor Antoni Wit, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra include Penderecki orchestral works like his classic shriek, Threnody. © 2012 The Flip Side Read complete review






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