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SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Stabat Mater / Veni Creator / Litany to the Virgin Mary / Demeter / Penthesilea (Wit)

Composer(s):Szymanowski, Karol
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - SecularVocal
Catalogue 8.570724
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, set to a Polish translation of the medieval poem, makes extensive use of traditional Polish musical ideas. His setting of the Veni Creator was composed for the opening of the Warsaw Academy of Music, of which he was the first rector. The Litany for the Virgin Mary is a more meditative work, yet rises at times to a level of rhapsodic intensity. All the choral works on this recording are as firmly embedded in Christian musical tradition as they are recognisably of their period.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2008

It was after his return to Warsaw in 1919 that Karol Szymanowski fully embraced composition in a nationalist style, his opera, King Roger, and oratorio, Stabat Mater, becoming two Polish masterpieces from the 20th century.

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