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Antoni Wit

“I am very happy to record my first CD for Naxos with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and Orfeón Pamplonés. This CD is a continuation of my Dvořák series, and contains less well-known choral pieces that nevertheless deserve to be performed – not only the Te Deum, but also the Mass in D major, which is an interesting piece.

The Mass can also be performed in Dvořák's version with only organ accompaniment, which is rather simple if you compare it to Dvořák’s other works. But the orchestral version with solo voices is very interesting and tells us that it's not only the Stabat Mater and Requiem that are important in his catalogue of works.”

Antoni Wit, conductor

DVOŘÁK, A.: Mass in D Major / Te Deum
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
Mass in D*
Te Deum

Ewa Biegas, Soprano • Marina Rodríguez-Cusí, Mezzo-soprano*
Javier Tomé, Tenor* • José Antonio López, Baritone
Orfeón Pamplonés • Igor ljurra Fernández, Chorus-master
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra • Antoni Wit

A native of Bohemia, Antonín Dvořák contributed much to the re-establishment of Czech national musical identity in the 19th century. It was the popularity of his choral music in England, however, that led to the development of the Mass in D from its smaller-scale original into a movingly dramatic and jubilant masterpiece with full orchestra. Dvořák’s celebratory Te Deum is comparable in form to a four-movement symphony. Antoni Wit is considered by to be ‘the best conductor around these day for big choral works’. His acclaimed recording of Dvořák’s Requiem is available on Naxos 8.572874-75.

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Antoni Wit's acclaimed recordings of other choral masterpieces

Libor, Wolak, Kirch, Monarcha,
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
“Wit just may be the best conductor around these days for big choral works such as this. He finds more ear-catching detail in the music than anyone else has to date.”
  Listen to an an extract from Dvořák's Requiem:
Confutatis maledictis
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Scenen aus Goethes Faust
(Scenes from Goethe's Faust)

Warsaw Boys' Choir,
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
“Characterful solo performances, formidable choral singing and refined orchestral playing help make this Faust an unbeatable bargain.”
Classic FM ★★★★
  Listen to an extract from Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust:
Part III: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichni
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Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta

Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz,
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Wit
“This is a performance which is gripping from start to finish. The polished choral singing is a joy, with excellent pitching throughout … The orchestra’s contribution is equally distinguished.”
  Listen to an extract from Janacek's Glagolitic Mass:
Slava (Gloria)
Deutsches Requiem (Ein)

Libor, T.E. Bauer,
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
“Wit conducts with considerable insight and interpretative command and the recording quality is equally first-rate.”
International Record Review
  Listen to an extract from Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem:
IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

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