Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B-flat minor

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KAROL SZYMANOWSKI
Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B-flat minor
Jan Krzysztof Broja (piano) / Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit

[ Naxos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 May 2009

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"A splendid addition to what is now an indispensable cycle."
(MusicWeb June 2009)

Although Szymanowski later dubbed his First Symphony a "contrapuntal-harmonic-orchestral monster" and disavowed the influence of Wagner, Reger and Richard Strauss (also evident in the opulent Concert Overture), it is an astonishingly powerful work by a composer only in his mid-20s and still enthralls a century after its première.

He described his Fourth Symphony as "nearly a concerto" owing to the piano's prominent rôle, its highly-charged Neo-baroque character inviting comparison with Stravinsky.

The Naxos recordings of 8570724, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, is nominated in the Choral catagory of the BBC Music Awards 2009.

Tracks:

1. Concert Overture, Op. 12 00:13:52

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 15
2. I. [Allegro moderato] 00:09:58
3. II. Finale: Allegretto con moto grazioso 00:08:42

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, "Symphonie Concertante"
4. I. Moderato - Tempo comodo 00:11:26
5. II. Andante molto sostenuto 00:09:37
6. III. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso 00:07:00

7. Study in B flat minor, Op. 4, No. 3 (arr. G. Filtelberg for orchestra) 00:06:43

Total Playing Time: 01:07:18