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Karol Symanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 "Symphonie Concertante"; Concerto Overture / Louis Lortie, piano; BBC SO

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>Szymanowski, Karol : Concert Overture, for orchestra in E major, Op. 12, M12
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 4, Op. 60 "Symphonie concertante"
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concert Overture, for orchestra in E major, Op. 12, M12
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 4, Op. 60 "Symphonie concertante"
>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Szymanowski inscribed the original score with part of the poem Witez Wlast by his friend Tadeusz Micinski: 'I will not play you sad songs, O Shades! but will give you a triumph proud and fierce... '. This vivid imagery is perfectly in keeping with the music's exuberant and vivacious character.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
These performances prove ideal, finding luminosity at the opening, and delivering a taut, energetic fugal finale...In the oberek dance rhythms of the orgiastic finale, Gardner shows how he has become one of the finest non-Polish interpreters of Szymanowski.

Financial Times, 26th January 2013
Gardner makes a stronger case for the Polish composer, clarifying textures and tautening musical lines.

The Guardian, 24th January 2013
[Gardner's] gloriously broad and sweeping account of a work that reflects Szymanowski's seemingly boundless admiration for Richard Strauss's symphonic poems sets the tone for a disc that emphasises the composer's late romantic affiliations rather than his modernist ones, especially with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on opulent form.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Colosseum.



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Works Details

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concert Overture, for orchestra in E major, Op. 12, M12
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1913

>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 4, Op. 60 "Symphonie concertante"
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932

>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1910