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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, May 2014

…this is attractive music that demonstrates both inspiration and craft.

There is a lovely grace and elegance to much of this music, and Wit captures it with a lighter touch than others. The Warsaw Philharmonic is a front rank orchestra, and this music is in their blood.

In sum, this is a delight. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, May 2014

Mr Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic…play excellently. After having attended a concert by these forces, I can state that Mr Wit has developed an orchestra that is as fine as the best in Europe. That is clearly demonstrated on this recording. The sound is full-bodied and clear, allowing Moniuszko’s music and orchestrations to be fully appreciated. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2014

Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic are not only devoted but extremely competent when it comes to play Moniuszko’s overtures. They do it brilliantly and give a maximum of musical quality to the 10 pieces, some of them being revealed here as really gorgeous music. © 2014 Pizzicato



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, April 2014

 

Conductor Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra…team up to give us another memorable Naxos disc of Polish goodies. Moniuszko’s music is very tempo dependent and Wit invariably gets them just right as opposed to conductors on other recordings of these overtures, particularly Flis, who either drag their feet or rush to the finish line.

…the recordings are very consistent, and project a wide clearly defined soundstage in a pleasantly reverberant venue. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




WQXR (New York), March 2014

…zesty and full of charm, a reminder that there’s always new music to be discovered beyond the core Western canon. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete version




Daniel Jaffé
BBC Music Magazine, February 2014

Moniuszko offers not so much Chopin and Szymanowski’s missing link as amiable filler in the style of Schumann and Weber, while lacking any of those composer’s melodic inspiration. Excellently played. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, January 2014

This collection of operatic overtures stretches across twenty years and is quite charming.

The playing and engineering is exemplary…everything is comme il faut from Poland’s capital orchestra and leading conductor. Paul Conway’s notes tell us what we want to know without any opaque and unnecessary musical technicalities.

This collection certainly takes us well beyond the usual Halka and Haunted Manor overtures and does so without any suggestion of choking dust. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Born in Poland in 1819, Stanislaw Moniuszko stands, both in time and in his style of composing, between Chopin and Szymanowski, his output large and very varied. The present disc is largely devoted to overtures that preceded dramatic operas, many of substance, Bajka (The Fairy Tale) lasting over thirteen minutes. Equally imposing is Fils (The Raftsman)…which is almost as long. Yet the jewel in the crown must be the overture to Paria, a highly charged score having at its heart a meltingly beautiful melody that lingers on the memory…Jawnuta oscillates between its bustling opening and the world of operetta, a mood that spills over into Nowy Don Kiszot (The New Don Quixote). Finally, in this superbly played disc, Kochanka hetmanska (The Hetman’s Mistress) makes a swaggering conclusion, the sound quality throughout is in the premiere league. Very much recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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