Notes & Reviews:
Although Szymanowski later dubbed his Symphony No. 1 a "contrapuntal-harmonic-orchestral monster" and disavowed the influence of Wagner, Reger and Richard Strauss, it is an astonishingly powerful work by a composer only in his mid-20s. The unusually structured Symphony No. 2 is a work of great impact and invention, with many passionate and varied contrasts in its use of solo instruments, in particular the violin. On their CD release, these thrilling interpretations of Szymanowski's Symphony No. 1 earned 5 STARS from BBC Music Magazine, while the Symphony No. 2 gained Gramophone Editor's Choice and 5 STARS for these "deliriously sensual scores" from ClassicFM.
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Leonard Slatkin [Blu-ray audio]
Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 6; Don Quixote, Op. 87 / Philharmonia Hungarica; Slovak PO
Massenet: Ballet Music - Bacchus; Hérodiade; Thais; Le Cid / Patrick Gallois
Lancino: Requiem / Murphy, Gubisch, Skelton, Courjal [Blu-ray audio]
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3 'Song of the Night'; Symphony No. 4 'Symphonie Concertante' [Blu-ray audio]
Hindemith: The Complete Piano Concertos / Idil Biret, piano
Andrés Isasi (1890-1940): String Quartets, Nos. 3 and 4 / Isasi Quartet
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Peter Breiner); Songs and Dances of Death; The Nursery
Miklós Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; String Trio / Tippett Quartet