Mariss Jansons conducts Lutoslawski, Szymanowski & A. Tchaikovsky

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Mariss Jansons conducts Lutoslawski, Szymanowski & A. Tchaikovsky


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Mariss Jansons conducts Lutoslawski, Szymanowski & A. Tchaikovsky


Concerto for Orchestra

Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie 8./9.10.2009


Symphony No. 3 'The Song of the Night', Op. 27

Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie 18./19.12.2008

Rafał Bartmiński (tenor) & Andreas Röhn (solo violin)

Tchaikovsky, A:

Symphony No. 4 for choir, orchestra & solo viola, Op. 78

Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 14.-16.01.2009

Nimrod Guez (viola)

Chor und Symhonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons


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Three works that are very close to his heart were brought together by Mariss Jansons for this new CD release. Karol Szymanowski’s Third Symphony, which, in addition to gigantic orchestral forces, also calls for a chorus and a tenor soloist, depicts a fantastic sound painting of an idealized Near East, including the setting of a 13th century Persian text.

Witold Lutosławski blends Slavic local color into his 1954 Concerto for Orchestra, has a reference to Béla Bartók in the title, but it is marked by a musical approach all his own, one that reaches all the way into the avant-garde period despite its immediate accessibility.

Alexander Tchaikovsky, born in 1946, may be the namesake of a giant of the Russian romantic era, although they are not related to one another in any way. His Symphony No. 4 is a musical appeal for peace. The work, written in 2005 on commission from Yuri Bashmet comprises sound-painting choral passages and a significant solo part for the viola.

Works personally selected by Mariss Jansons.

Extraordinarily richly-coloured, heavily scored orchestral works.

Recent recordings made in 2008 and 2009.

Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

I. Intrada: Allegro maestoso

II. Capriccio notturno e arioso: Vivace

III. Passacaglia, toccata e corale: Andante con moto

Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, "Piesn o nocy" (The Song of the Night)

I. Moderato assai

II. Allegretto tranquillo

III. Largo

Alexander Vladimirovich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 78

Symphony No. 4, Op. 78

BBC Music Magazine

October 2011


“A cultivated orchestra and witty conductor bring fairy lightness to the central Scherzo, yet they also summon up power in the virtuosic finale.”

Classic FM Magazine

September 2011


“intense beauty in the delicate instrumental solos and textbook-like patience throughout.”

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