Szymanowski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

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Szymanowski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2007



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2nd April 2007




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Szymanowski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61

Nocturne & Tarantella, Op. 28

orch. G. Fitelberg



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Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Vivace assai

Tempo comodo - Andantino

Vivace scherzando

Poco meno - Allegretto

Vivace (Tempo I)

Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61

Moderato - Molto tranquillo

Andantino sostenuto

Allegramente - Molto energico

Andantino - Molto tranquillo

Karol Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28

Nocturne: Lento assai

Tarantella: Presto appassionato

BBC Music Magazine

August 2007


“Ilya Kaler is a near ideal interpreter of these works and the delightful Nocturne and Tarantella which serve as makeweight. His playing certainly has the requisite passion, but he also has a strong sense of line.”

Gramophone Magazine

“A wonderfully compelling disc from Ilya Kaler…in the sense that you never want to stop listening to it…as on his other Naxos discs [Ilya Kaler] gives pure, clear readings with flawless intonation and careful use of vibrato…beautifully and idiomatically played.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Naxos offers an exceptionally clear recording of these three concertante works by Szymanowski, not just the two violin concertos but an orchestrated version of the Nocturne and Tarantella.
Ilya Kaler, as on his other Naxos discs, gives pure, clear readings with flawless intonation and careful use of vibrato. Having a Polish conductor and orchestra as his accompanists adds to the idiomatic feel of each, with the magical orchestral sounds beautifully conjured up, particularly in No 1, the more radical of the two works.
Kaler is a degree warmer with a shade more vibrato than some interpreters, and the Naxos recording brings out the fantasy of the composer's orchestration, particularly in No 1, with wonderful clarity. In the more openly lyrical Second Concerto, Kaler adopts more flowing speeds with lighter results.
Kaler then plays the relatively brief Nocturneand Tarantella just as sympathetically, with the Tarantella a flamboyant virtuoso vehicle making a splendid climax to an excellent disc. The point which trumps all competition inevitably is that the Naxos issue, beautifully and idiomatically played and brilliantly recorded, comes at such a reasonable price.”

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