Notes & Reviews:
Szymanowski's Symphony No. 3 'Song of the Night' creates a potent atmosphere of Persian mysticism in its rich blend of voices and exotic orchestration. His Symphony No. 4 is largely extrovert in character and has a prominent role for piano. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 can be found on NBD0021. The CD release of Symphony No. 3 was Gramophone Editor's Choice and given 5 STARS by ClassicFM (8.570721), and Symphony No. 4 an 'unbeatable' 10/10 from ClassicsToday.com (8.570722); the complete cycle acclaimed as 'revelatory' (ClassicalCDReview.com).
Naxos continues its Blu-Ray rollout with a disc of two Szymanowski symphonies, No. 3... and No. 4... These are virtually self-recommending, as conductor Antoni Wit's performances were so fondly received in their initial CD form...
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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta / Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach [Blu-ray audio]
Ravel: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Alborada del gracioso; Pavane; Rapsodie espagnole, Bolero et al. / Jennifer Gilbert, violin [Blu-Ray Audio]
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Leonard Slatkin [Blu-ray audio]
Lancino: Requiem / Murphy, Gubisch, Skelton, Courjal [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
Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Antoni Wit, Warsaw PO [Blu-Ray Audio]
Cindy McTee (b.1953): Symphony No. 1 - Ballet for Orchestra; Circuits; Einstein's Dream; Double Play / Slatkin
Roberto Sierra (b.1953): Sinfonia No. 4; Fandangos; Carnaval / Nashville SO