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KARLOWICZ, M.: Serenade / Violin Concerto (Kaler, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

Composer(s):Karlowicz, Mieczyslaw
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraKaler, Ilya, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572274
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Described by Gramophone as a ‘magician, bewitching our ears’, Russian-born American-based violinist Ilya Kaler has won 1st Prizes and Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and the Paganini Competitions and made many acclaimed Naxos recordings. He is an ideal soloist in Mieczysław Karłowicz’s attractive and spirited Violin Concerto. The Serenade, Karłowicz’s first orchestral work, signals the young composer’s extraordinary command of expressive ideas and opulent harmonies. Karłowicz’s Symphonic Poems Volumes 1 (8.570452) and 2 (8.570295) conducted by Antoni Wit are also available.


Karlowicz Violin Concerto and Serenade
Review By EW90580,February 2011

When music lovers are asked to name Polish composers, they are likely to respond with names such as Chopin, Gorecki, Moniuszko, Paderewski, Szymanowski, and Wieniawski. Compared with these, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909) is still virtually unknown, although he is slowly gaining recognition as a late-Romantic composer whose music deserves to be better known. His obscurity is owing partly to his premature death; at age 33 he was killed by an avalanche while he was skiing in the Tatra mountains.

Earlier recordings of his music, especially his Violin Concerto, have been available for many years but his works have scarcely gained a foothold in the repertory. This new CD from Naxos which couples his Violin Concerto, Op. 8 with his Serenade, Op. 2, will hopefully help to bring more....

Review By Juan Carlos Moreno, Scherzo,July 2011

Review By Jean-Claude Hulot, Diapason,April 2011



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