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Tom Lyle
Sensible Sound, February 2002

"These CDs come at a bargain price, but they don't skimp on anything other than the cost. They are excellent readings of this 'modern' music by Anton Wit and his National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who are probably very familiar with this stuff - because it shows in their passionate performances. The CDs have excellent sound, too."

Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, November 2000

PENDERECKI: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 8.554567
PENDERECKI: Symphony No. 3 / Threnody 8.554491

The superb new Naxos survey of [Penderecki] immensely conceived orchestral music is an opportunity to come to grips with this important composer, as his style evolved from enfant terrible to mature symphonist. © 2000 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, August 2000

"The performances, as led by Penderecki student Antoni Wit, are lusty and vigorous. It is easy to imagine that the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays this music with the same personal identification that the Leningrad Philharmonic under Mravinsky played Shostakovich. Between these two CDs, there is a trove of modern classics that cover a great range of style, yet taken as a whole stamp a deep impression on the musical world of the late 20th century."

George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, June 2000

"...the early modernist pieces-the dense tense Threnody, the atmospheric if unfocused Fluorescences and the simplistic De natura sonoris II offer new aural experiences... They are given strong performances...with the detail of this difficult music well observed."

International Record Review, May 2000

"This is not only a usefully inexpensive introduction to the music of Krzysztof Penderecki; it also includes the only available recording of his Third Symphony. ...
The other three works were composed in the early 1960s, well before Penderecki's change of style, and all three demonstrate his remarkable ear for innovative sonorities. Fluorescences draws a prodigious range of colours and textures from a gigantic orchestra, but the well-known Threnody is even more remarkable in the way that it convinces you that wind, percussion and electronic sources are present, although it is scored only for strings. ...The performances are remarkably fine, the three earlier pieces at least as eloquent as the symphony; the recording is both clear and ample."

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