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Dobrzynski: Symphony No. 2 'Characteristic'; Overture to 'Monbar'; Piano Concerto / Emilian Madey, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Dobrzynski is not well known outside his native Poland, but there was a time when he vied for attention in Warsaw's musical circles with his near-contemporary Chopin. The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra with pianist Emilian Madey performs the early Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 2, and the Overture to Monbar, which Dobrzynski considered his masterpiece.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
It's engagingly tuneful, soundly constructed and unashamedly home-grown in flavour, each movement taking its cue from a Polish national dance...Madey proves an uncommonly deft and sympathetic soloist in the concerto, and Lukasz Borowicz draws some nicely tuned and consistently bright-eyed playing.

The Guardian, 11th July 2013
[In the Symphony] his real voice emerges...It's a very convincing early romantic symphony that's well worth a place in the repertoire.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Still, as a set there's no question this is worth having, especially as Chandos gives you both Dobrzynski's original slow movement for the symphony and the one he substituted for it. One wonders if any other Dobrzynski symphonies exist in playable form, as more from this source would be most welcome.

MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013
The pirate-painting Monbar Overture is of a generally Rossinian nature - cheerful, catchy, with an exuberant finale...The best work of the three is, ironically, the Piano Concerto. Ironically, because Dobrzynski was only seventeen when he wrote it...Emilian Madey, himself a composer, gives a suitably heroic performance of this epic work.


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