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Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19; Witold Lutoslawski: Livre for Orchestra / Polish Nat'l Radio SO, Liebreich

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Livre pour Orchestre
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Funeral Music, for string orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Polish National Radio Orchestra is the country's leading performing ensemble and one of Europe's finest broadcasting orchestras. Building on a long tradition, the group performs throughout the world as a musical ambassador for Poland, often featuring works by Polish composers - as the pieces by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski on this CD impressively demonstrate. This is the orchestra's second album with their Principal Conductor Alexander Liebreich. Their first CD together, also with compositions by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski, is already cited as a reference recording, with "thrilling, technically brilliant performances." (Der Tagesspiegel) In the work of these twentieth century masters, we encounter "exquisite compositional refinement of the highest order, born of an awareness of the European tradition," according to Alexander Liebreich. Szymanowski's powerful and imaginative Symphony No. 2, Lutoslawski's groundbreaking Musique funbre la mmoire de Bla Bartk and his masterpiece Livre pour Orchestre were recorded in Katowice's new concert hall, which opened in 2014 and is already celebrated for its phenomenal acoustics.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Altogether a superb programme.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland (2015-06-30&2015-08-26_2015-).



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>Szymanowski, Karol : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Polsih National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: New NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland (2015-06-30&2015-08-26_2015-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Livre pour Orchestre
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Notes: New NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland (2015-06-30&2015-08-26_2015-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Funeral Music, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Notes: New NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland (2015-06-30&2015-08-26_2015-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954-1958