"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."
"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."
"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."
"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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