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Julian Haylock
The Strad, July 2003

"Full marks to Naxos for being the first company to couple the two concertos. Chee-Yun can boast of having performed the work on several occasions with the composer during a celebrated tour a few years back, and it shows here with what is by any standards an engrossing, masterly performance...Konstanty Kulka proves no less persuasive or technically adroit in the First Concerto, enhanced by a first-rate accompaniment and atmospheric recording, with the soloist gently spot-lit."

S.G.S.,, June 2003

"These are knock-out performances. Antoni Wit hasn't had a superstar career, but I like him better than at least some of the current Big Deals. He knows how to bring out the emotion behind the notes without stepping over into wallowing. He allows the music to retain its architectural shape. You always know where in the piece you are. Neither performance is a "read-through." The Poles play with an incisiveness born of great familiarity. Kulka is a solid, even elegant soloist...Chee-Yun in the second gets sparks to fly. You can take her intonation for granted, but not her big, heroic tone and incredible rhythm. She may very well become the next violin superstar...One of Naxos's best."

The Buffalo News, April 2003

"A canny and superb Naxos contribution to recorded repertoire, this disc also partakes of a performing excellence uncommon anywhere. Performances here, especially by Polish violinist Kulka of the first, are stupendous."

Scott Morrison

"Once again Naxos has given us really special performances of important music in warm and refulgent sound, and at bargain prices. Whatta deal!"

Peter Bates
Audiophile Audition

"Rumbling portentous tones. A slowly evolving sense of disquiet. Virtuosic outbursts that border on hysteria. These are some of the treats that await you if you purchase this latest volume in Antonio Wit's series of Penderecki's orchestral works. Both of these violin concertos are immensely compelling, although in different ways."

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