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Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra; Szymanowski: Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz, Op. 5 / Polish Nat'l Radio SO

Album Summary

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
>Szymanowski, Karol : Fragments (3) from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz, for voice & piano, Op. 5, M4
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since 2012, Alexander Liebreich, one of the most inspired conductors of his generation, has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. This orchestra, Poland's cultural ambassador to the world and an European ensemble of great distinction, is particularly associated with the music of Polish composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and is more familiar with the works of Lutoslawski and Szymanowski than perhaps any other orchestra in the world. Witold Lutoslawski's opulent and stylistically eclectic Concerto for Orchestra was a triumphal success at its premiere in 1954 and remains his most popular work. With his songs, Karol Szymanowski, one of Poland's most important composers, made a contribution of great significance to this genre in the twentieth century. His Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz from 1902 impressively convey the poems' mood of decadence, melancholy, spirituality, and mysticism. Ewa Podlés, a contralto of international stature, has a voice of breathtaking range, volume, and agility. With her uniquely warm and expressive timbre, her performances of works such as Szymanowski's Three Fragments have enchanted audiences around the world.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (06/2014).



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Works Details

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (06/25/2014-06/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Szymanowski, Karol : Fragments (3) from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz, for voice & piano, Op. 5, M4
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (06/27/2014-06/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902