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SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Wit)

Composer(s):Szymanowski, Karol
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570721
Label Naxos
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Composed in 1910, at a time when Szymanowski was influenced by Richard Strauss, Reger and Scriabin, the unusually structured Symphony No. 2 is a work of great power and invention, with many passionate and varied contrasts in its use of solo instruments, in particular the violin. Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’, in which orchestra, tenor and choir are subtly blended in a continuous web of intoxicating sound, is a ravishing setting of a Polish translation of a poem by the great medieval Persian mystic known as Mevlânâ, our Master, Jalāl ad-Dīn, which evokes the mysteries and beauty of a starlit Persian night.


Review By Edward Greenfield,Gramophone,May 2008

Gramophone Editor's Choice


Review By Gramophone,April 2008

…Antoni Wit…shows here once again he has a exceptional talent for inhabiting a composer’s sound world. These are performances of great affection and, typically for Wit, sound totally idiomatic.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2008

Composed while Szymanowski was much under the influence of Richard Strauss and Max Reger, the Second Symphony from 1910 was one of the erotic utterances in the last gasp of the Romantic era. By that time he was venturing further south to Italy from his native Poland, the quiet but steamy passion of a warm night characterising the opening movement. Shafts of light eventually break through in the playful scherzo, but it proves a passing moment before we return to the sensuality that transports us through to a feast of subtle shimmering colours in the final fugue. Only six years separated this from the Third Symphony, but he was already moving into the new sounds of the 20th century, Debussy being his major source of inspiration. Here he added an extra dimension to his range of colours



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