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SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B-Flat Minor (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

Composer(s)Szymanowski, Karol
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraBroja, Jan Krzysztof, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570722
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

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. Szymanowski’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 gained Gramophone Editor’s Choice and 5 STARS for these “deliriously sensual scores” from ClassicFM ().


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SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / Concert Overture / Study in B-Flat Minor (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) 1:07:18   
  Concert Overture, Op. 12 13:52       
  Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 15          
      I. [Allegro moderato] 9:58       
      II. Finale: Allegretto con moto grazioso 8:42       
  Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, "Symphonie Concertante"          
      I. Moderato - Tempo comodo 11:26       
      II. Andante molto sostenuto 9:37       
      III. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso 7:00       
  Study in B-Flat Minor, Op. 4, No. 3 (arr. G. Filtelberg for orchestra) 6:43       
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