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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."

Andrew McGregor
BBC Music Magazine, January 2001

"Antoni Wit and his Polish players seem closer to the heart of these symphonies than the composer...and this was after the shocking Sixties, when Penderecki was indulging instead in late-Romantic sentimentality. Maybe this music's time has come, early in the 21st century."

Nicholas Williams
BBC Music Magazine, October 2000

"Penderecki shocked the world with the sonic experiments of his avant-garde Sixties before adopting a neo-Romantic idiom in his First Violin Concerto (1977) and Second Christmas Symphony (1980), thereafter gaining attention for timely nationalistic pieces like the Polish Requiem and operas exploring expressionistic themes. The catalogue contains a mere handful of his symphonic works. ... Antoni Wit's readings [of the symphonies] are a genuine alternative to the composer's and an important addition to the catalogue."

Arved Asby
American Record Guide, August 2000

"As always, Wit gets magnificent performances from his Katowice orchestra, and the sonics are everything you could want them to be. Wit has done no less than cleanse these scores, presenting them as pristine and transparent utterances that beg to be heard again and again."

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