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
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.