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Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures, Vol. 1 - The Haunted Manor; Paria; Halka; The Fairy Tale et al. / Wit

Audio Samples

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Bajka (The Fairy Tale)
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Paria, opera
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Halka
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Verbum nobile
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Flis (The Raftsman), opera
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Hrabina (The Countess), opera
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Haunted Manor
>     Intrada
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Jawnuta Idyll
>     overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Nowy Don Kiszot, czyli Sto szalenstw (The New Don Quixote, or 100 Follies), opera
>     Overture
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Kochanka hetmanska (The Hetman's Mistress), opera
>     Overture

Album Summary

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Bajka (The Fairy Tale)
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Paria, opera
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Halka
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Verbum nobile
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Flis (The Raftsman), opera
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Hrabina (The Countess), opera
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Haunted Manor
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Jawnuta Idyll
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Nowy Don Kiszot, czyli Sto szalenstw (The New Don Quixote, or 100 Follies), opera
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Kochanka hetmanska (The Hetman's Mistress), opera
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
This Naxos CD contains ten of [Stanislaw Moniuszki's] brilliant, melodic and dramatic overtures, splendidly performed by Antoni Wit and the fine Warsaw Philharmonic... There's no question, these are light pieces designed to entertain, but if you liked the sample and would enjoy spinning an hour of Rossini overtures, for example, you'll likely enjoy this program too. Naxos has produced a superbly engineered recording rounding out a fine release. ... read more ...

  • Antoni Wit leads the Warsaw Philharmonic in a program devoted to the opera overtures of composer Stanislaw Moniuszko.
  • The 19th century Polish composer's greatest acclaim was afforded him via the success of his 1848 grand opera Halka.
  • Conductor Antoni Wit's discography is immense, and he has been rightly recognized for exposing Polish concert music to wider audiences, especially that of Karol Szymanowski.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland.



Reviews

A national treasure
In Poland, Stanislaw Moniuszko is a national hero. Like Dvorak, he was able to retain the characteristic sound of his country's folk music in classical works, creating music that sounded distinctively Polish. Most of Moniuszko's composition are for the human voice; songs, cantatas, anthesm and especially operas.

This new release features ten opera overtures from "the Father of Polish Opera," and what a treat they are. Tuneful, straightforward, and full of energy -- to my ears they sounded like a blend of Weber, Suppe and Dvorak. And there's plenty of variety. some, like "The Hetman's Mistress" are real curtain-raisers, uptempo and sprightly. Others, like "the Raftsman" are quieter, setting the stage with long, languorous melodies of tender beauty. And almost all have slightly unusual chord progressions or rhythms that give them a distinctively Polish sound.

Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra are admirably suited to these works. Just as a Viennese orchestra instinctively knows how to add a little something to a Strauss waltz, this Polish orchestra knows what Moniuszko's referencing, and play it as it should be.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys mid-century romantic music -- especially opera.
Submitted on 03/17/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Bajka (The Fairy Tale) :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Paria, opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1869

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Halka :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Verbum nobile :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1860

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Flis (The Raftsman), opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Hrabina (The Countess), opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Haunted Manor :: Intrada
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1864

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Jawnuta Idyll :: overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Nowy Don Kiszot, czyli Sto szalenstw (The New Don Quixote, or 100 Follies), opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Kochanka hetmanska (The Hetman's Mistress), opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw. Poland (2011-02-03_2022-02-05&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854