[ EMI Gemini / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 21 October 2007
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1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1901-1950) - "Excellent value. There's a touch of edge, a hint of congestion to the orchestral sound occasionally, but the playing throughout is first-class. Both conductors are perfectly at home in Szymanowski's elusive idiom, and in The song of the night both the soloist (I am beginning to prefer a tenor in this music) and the chorus are excellent. The two symphonies are central to Szymanowski's output, of course; the Concert Overture is not, but what fun to watch your friends' dropped jaws and double-takes at its unashamed borrowing from Strauss's Don Juan. Antal Dorati's almost identical coupling (Decca Enterprise, 7/90, nla-he omits the Concert Overture, substituting Bartok's Two Pictures) was not inferior to the present reissue, and was more sumptuously recorded, but I find the Polish choir more idiomatic and Ochman preferable to Dorati's soloist, Ryszard Karczykowski."
(Gramophone Magazine on Symphonies 2 & 3 and Concert Overture)
Concert Overture, Op.12
Symphony No. 2 Op. 19
Symphony No. 3 'The Song of the Night'
Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)
Harnasie, Op. 55
Theme and Variation for solo piano