Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3; Violin Concerto No. 1 / Boulez

Audio Samples

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Song of the Night"
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez in Conversation with Andrew Clements (English)
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez im Gesprach mit Albert Hosp (Deutsch)
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez s'entretient avec Omer Corlaix (Francais)

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Song of the Night"
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez in Conversation with Andrew Clements (English)
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez im Gesprach mit Albert Hosp (Deutsch)
>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez s'entretient avec Omer Corlaix (Francais)
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Notes & Reviews:

Watch out for this collector's item! - Pierre Boulez' first ever Szymanowski recording comes in a lavish hard booklet with an in-depth essay on the Polish composer as well as background on Pierre Boulez's approach to his music, original illustrations and photo material. The new prestige edition also contains an additional CD with excerpts from the rehearsal of Symphony No. 3 as well as audio interviews with Boulez in French, English and German. Pierre Boulez honors singular Polish composer Karol Szymanowski by recording - live - the Violin Concerto no. 1 and the Symphony no. 3 "Song of the Night". Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff and the Vienna Philharmonic are peerless participants. The two orchestral works are the high-water mark of Szymanowski's impressionism, an idiom mingling the refined sonorities of Debussy, Ravel, and late Scriabin with the impassioned Romanticism of the New German School.

"Opulent and ecstatic, both works benefit hugely from Boulez's rigorous orchestral control and refined ear for colour. Nowhere do you find Boulez the icy robot, an ancient stereotype that was scarcely valid even when new" -The Times

"Boulez brings welcome astringency to Szymanowski's colour-burst orchestration in this live recording of the composer's first Violin Concerto...Tetzlaff's super-sweet concentrate is at its most intense, hugging the mournful melodic contours, while the Wiener Philharmoniker support with lush brilliance." -Sunday Times

"[Boulez's] partnership with Tetzlaff and the flexible Vienna Philharmonic is perfectly suited to the lavish orchestration of the First Violin Concerto with its dazzling cadenza and the oriental chromaticism of the choral Third Symphony is shaped and clarified...Definitely a disc of the year." -The Observer

"His crystalline performances with the Vienna Philharmonic make the early 20th century Polish composer sound like a bridge between Scriabin and the French impressionists. Boulez's ear for detail saves the music from over-saturation, and creates a seemingly endless string of tingling sounds, suspended between the stars and the oceanic depths." -Financial Times

"Szymanowski's hyper-elaborate glowing textures are perfectly suited to Boulez's fastidiously sensuous conducting style. The performance of the Violin Concerto is certainly a marvel. The soloist Christian Tetzlaff floats his tremulously ornate line above the incandescent orchestral sounds with perfect poise." -The Telegraph

"This marks Pierre Boulez's first foray into Szymanowski's music on disc, though his fascination with the Polish composer's work apparently goes back more than half a century...Boulez makes a strong case for the symphony, and is particularly persuasive in the second movement." -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Musikvereinssaal, Vienna.



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Works Details

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
  • Performer: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Song of the Night"
  • Performers: Volkhard Steude (Violin); Steve Davislim (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 18 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez in Conversation with Andrew Clements (English)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez im Gespräch mit Albert Hosp (Deutsch)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Pierre Boulez s'entretient avec Omer Corlaix (Français)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic