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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, March 2014

…Wit and the Warsaw orchestra give…an excellent performance.

…Wit’s fine and committed performances serve Szymanowski very well. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, March 2012

The orchestral performers are quite excellent and the recording reveals that clearly. There is much in the way of brass and percussion here; also captured cleanly down to the bottom of the bass range seemingly.

The audio quality is outstanding and this new release is definitely recommended and perhaps even for…newcomers to classical music. © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



Gramophone, August 2011

A bold DTS-HD 5.1 presentation with atmosphere and power



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2011

Within my limited exposure to audio Blu-ray discs it has become apparent that the advantages over conventional CD is not always of the same magnitude. This is apparent when I compare the recent release of Mahler’s Eigth Symphony with this new Szymanowski release. Where I was blown off my chair by the Blu-ray Mahler, the difference in the Szymanowski is much more subtle, my equipment loosing some warmth of the CD and exchanging it for a crystal clear separation of instruments that pinpoints their position in the orchestra. It is a recoupling of material taken from two CDs, the First Symphony, disowned by its composer in his later life, replete with that feel of eroticism that reminds me of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. In that genre it is a powerful statement, made all the more so by this superb account from the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Antoni Wit. Four years later came the Second symphony, an unusual score whose central movement is cast as a theme and six movements, and while better structured than the First, it is also orchestrated in sumptuous colours that show the quality of the Warsaw strings. Wit’s final Fuga is pushed forward with admirable impetus, and if you have equipment of high specification and a Blu-ray player to match, do not hesitate to sample the benefits that the new technology brings.






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