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This new recording of Dvořák’s substantial Requiem is under the authoritative direction of Antoni Wit, who is both a Naxos house conductor and renowned interpreter of Slavic music. Released in both CD and Blu-ray Audio formats, listeners can enjoy optimum reproduction of the performance's superb line-up of orchestral, choral and solo forces.

“There is no doubt Dvořák’s Requiem is among his most significant and challenging works. Perhaps not as popular as his Stabat Mater, it is certainly more demanding both to perform and to record.

It was deeply inspiring to work on a recording of this Dvořák masterpiece and I am looking forward to recording his other powerful religious works, in particular his Mass in D and Te Deum.”

Antoni Wit, conductor



Naxos NBD0046

 
Naxos 8.572874-75



Listen to an extract from
Dvořák’s Requiem: Dies irae




About the Artists


Antoni Wit, one of Poland's most highly regarded conductors, was the managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir from 2002 to 2013. He was appointed first guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra in Pamplona in 2010 and its artistic director in 2013.



Founded in 1901, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra now has a complement of 110 players. The orchestra's recordings have won many prestigious awards, including a GRAMMY® in 2012 and six other GRAMMY® nominations.



The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir boasts a repertoire that includes more than 150 choral works, ranging from the Middle Ages to contemporary music. The choir's recording of the only complete version of Moniuszko’s Seven Masses won the Polish Fryderyk and French Orphée d’Or awards in 2009.



Companion discs



8.573061
BRAHMS, J.:
Ein Deutsches Requiem

Libor, Bauer, Warsaw
Philharmonic Choir and
Orchestra, Wit

“The Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra and Choir outdo themselves, with some especially fabulous singing…this is both heartfelt and rewarding.”
Classical Net

8.572694
BRAHMS, J.:
Choral Music

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and
Orchestra, Wit

“The Warsaw Philharmonic is… magnificent and Antoni Wit cuts right to the bone of every one of these works.”
Fanfare


8.572872
GÓRECKI, H.:
Concerto-Cantata
Little Requiem for a
Certain Polka • 3 Dances

Gorecka, Wincenc
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Wit

“This is a wonderful selection of this great composer’s not often heard orchestral music.”
American Record Guide




8.572639
JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic
Mass • Sinfonietta

Libor, Marciniec, Bentch
Gierlach, Malanowicz
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and
Orchestra, Wit

“This is a performance which is gripping from start to finish.”
Gramophone


8.572487
KARŁOWICZ, M.:
Symphony in E Minor,
“Rebirth”
Bianca da Molena

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wit

“If you’re looking for something new in the genre of ripely romantic orchestral writing, Karłowicz’s music is worthwhile, and Wit’s performances are very fine.”
Fanfare


8.554478-79 • 2 CDs
MESSIAEN, O.:
Turangalila Symphony
L’ascension

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wit

“Magnificent!”
ClassicsToday.com

 



8.557386-87 • 2 CDs
PENDERECKI, K.:
Polish Requiem

Warsaw National Philharmonic
Choir and Orchestra, Wit

“The present performance conducted by the ever-faithful Antoni Wit is as fine and assured as one may wish.”
MusicWeb International


 
8.572031
PENDERECKI, K.:
Utrenja

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and
Orchestra, Wit

“Antoni Wit and his Polish forces are incomparable in this repertoire, and this performance of Utrenja goes straight to the top of the heap.”
ClassicsToday.com





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