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Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, July 2017

LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 4 - Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony No. 1 (Wroclaw Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) CDAccordACD196
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 5 -Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Variations / Silesian Triptych / Little Suite (Zubel, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Kaspszyk) CDAccordACD197

What is immediately striking and impressive about these two performances is the security and confidence of the orchestral playing. The players really know these works: scurrying string passages are securely together, as are high-lying soaring ones, the woodwind are really on top of their many complicated lines and the brass and percussion give the right degree of weight. Skrowaczewski, better remembered in the UK for his Bruckner, obtains good playing. These are live performances in a good concert hall acoustic and with the applause included.

All the works here are in the safe hands of Jacek Kaspszyk, whom I admire for his recordings of Szymanowski. Again, I note the security of the orchestral playing. Agata Zubel handles the two vocal items with confidence. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

Agata Zubel gives a thrilling performance as soprano soloist in the Triptych; my favorite is the “haunting II”. The “wild II” is also my favorite in Little Suite. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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