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SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Harnasie / Mandragora / Prince Potemkin: Incidental Music to Act V (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

Composer(s):Szymanowski, Karol
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570723
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Multiple prize-winner and Grammy award nominee for several of his Naxos recordings, Antoni Wit is one of today’s most highly regarded Polish conductors, an ideal interpreter of the exotic, colourfully scored music of Karol Szymanowski, described by Sir Simon Rattle as “one of the greatest composers of this century”. The ballet-pantomime Harnasie and the incidental music for Prince Potemkin both draw on the folk-music of the people of the Tatra Mountains, while the ballet Mandragora was composed for a production of Molière’s comedy Le bourgeois gentilhomme.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

Continuing this series of Szymanowski’s symphonic music that is setting new standards by which all others will be measured, Antoni Wit with his magnificent Warsaw Philharmonic now perform two great ballet scores. Harnasie came late in his life being completed in 1931, just two years before the Second Violin Concerto, his last orchestral score. It was described as a ballet-pantomime and tells of the abduction of a bride on her wedding day by the robber-band, Harnasie, and was a highly animated and dramatic piece including parts for tenor and chorus. Its fusion of so many styles, including traditional folk music, was to quickly win the score favour in Central European theatres. The somewhat shorter Mandragora started out life as the interlude

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