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Weinberg: Symphony No. 8 'Polish Flowers', Op. 83 / Rafal Bartminski, tenor; Magdalena Dobrowolska, soprano; Ewa Marciniec, alto

Album Summary

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 8 ("Polish Flowers"), Op. 83
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

World première recording of Weinberg's 1964 choral Symphony No.8 'Polish Flowers'. Set to texts by Julian Tuwim which reflect on Poland's troubled past and ominous future, this is one of Weinberg's most personal and powerful artistic statements.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Inevitably the mood of much of the music is oppressive and troubled...Weinberg deploys his large forces sparingly and with great textural variety...It was a masterstroke on the part of Naxos to use Polish forces. Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic...deliver a performance of searcing intensity.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
The musical style he adopts is resolutely non-complaisant...Wit conducts a thoroughly well-prepared account, with respectable solo and choral singing. Phrasing and overall dramatic shaping are perhaps a little stiff, not surprisingly given the demands of some of the writing.

The Times, 2nd March 2013
The style is part Janßcek, part Shostakovich, part Carl Orff. Impassioned performance by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under Antoni Wit.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Singing with great pitch and the women sound like a highly skilled boys choir. A warm female sound. 'Children of Baluty' opens with a fast folk-like passage, a bit like the baby foxes scene in Janacek's Vixen. The next three songs form the explosive core of the symphony. The full chorus makes its first entrance toward the end with powerful trombone intonations and drums.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (06/13/2011-06/16/2011).


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>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Symphony no 8 ("Polish Flowers"), Op. 83
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (06/13/2011-06/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 57 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1964