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KARLOWICZ, M.: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 1 (Wit) - Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie / Rapsodia litewska / Epizod na maskaradzie

Composer(s):Karlowicz, Mieczyslaw
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570452
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although he left the merest handful of compositions at his seemingly accidental death in an avalanche while skiing, Mieczysław Karłowicz ranks among the most important Polish composers of his generation. The final years of his brief career were taken up by a series of six symphonic poems, the third, fourth and sixth of which are included on this first disc of these works. Alternating between fervent affirmation and brooding melancholy, these impressive late-romantic works are notable for their colourful and imaginative orchestration and fresh and original harmony.


Review By Max Schäfer,Gaystation (Germany),February 2009

Die “Litauische Rhapsodie” des Polen Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, der, Opfer eines Lawinenunglücks in der Hohen Tatara, im Alter von 33 Jahren verstarb, ist ein beeindruckendes Werk symphonischer Dichtung. Sehr eingängig, dicht an der Grenze zum Kitsch, dennoch nie überschreitend, im rechten Moment abgelenkt durch verblüffende Motivwechsel gelingt Mieczyslaw Karlowicz eine spannungsreiche und sehr emotionale Komposition, die sehr schnell zum Ohrwurm wird.

Das hervorragend spielende Philharmonische Orchester Warschau uter der Leitung von Antoni Wit tut ein Übriges dazu.

Auf dieser CD veröffentlicht NAXOS 3 der 6 symphonischen Dichtungen, denen sich der Komponist bis zum Ende seines frühen Todes gewidmet hat.


Review By Ian Lace ,MUSO,November 2008

Mieczysław Karłowicz ranks among the most important Polish composers and his music is at last beginning to be covered by the record companies. Chandos have recorded all three of the symphonic poems covered on this first Naxos CD: Stanislaw and Anna Oświecimowie and Lithuanian Rhapsody (with Eternal Songs) on CHAN 9986 (2001) and Episode at a Masquerade (with Returning Waves and A Sorrowful Tale) on CHAN 10298 (2005). A third 2003 Chandos release on CHAN 10171 has Karłowicz’s Bianca da Molina, Serenade for Strings and his ‘Rebirth’ Symphony


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