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SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Sonata / Mythes / Notturne and Tarantella

Composer(s):Szymanowski, Karol
Artist(s) Durcan, Nicholas, piano • Kramer, Miriam, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557748
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although they are less central to his output than orchestral, vocal or piano music, Karol Szymanowski wrote a number of works for violin and piano, spanning his entire career. Composed in 1904, the emotionally turbulent Violin Sonata is one of several large-scale instrumental works that emerged during Szymanowski’s first phase, in which the influences of Chopin and Scriabin are combined with those of the German late-Romantics. The intense and virtuosic Notturno and Tarantella (1915), draws on the Impressionism of Debussy and early Stravinsky but also on Middle Eastern culture and folklore. Unfolding in warmly lyrical writing, the Romance (1910) is cut from the same exotic cloth as the First Violin Concerto [Naxos 8.553685].

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Here is a well-planned and ideally documented aural window opening on to five of Cavalli’s key operas, very well sung by a fine cast who are obviously at home in this repertoire. If there are no stellar names in the cast list, there was no star system in Cavalli’s time, and the vocal acting here is at one with the melodramatic (and sometimes sexually explicit) story-lines. While the music itself often has distinct reminders of Monteverdi, Cavallis was still his own man, and the lovely lyrical theme of the final duet of Act III of Didone is almost Handelian, while the farewell scene between Erisbe and Ormindo is dramatically most affecting. The operas are full of laments (Dido’s is sensitively sung, if not as memorable as Purcell’s famous setting),


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

With new recordings of Karol Szymanowski's two violin concertos scheduled for future release, Naxos has been very supportive of a composer whose recordings seem to evaporate so quickly from the catalogue. Born in the Ukraine in 1882 with a mixed Polish and Swedish parentage, his early education was at home due to a leg injury, but moved to Warsaw at the age of 19 to study composition. Working under the patronage of Prince Lubomirski as part of the 'Young Poland Music Group', it was time spent in Berlin and Leipzig that was to shape his early career, there falling under the influence of Wagner and Strauss. Hearing Debussy and Ravel created his love of sensuous and exotic sound that created the style by which he is now best remembered.� His home



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