Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2

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Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2



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29th Sept 2008




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Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2


Returning Waves, Op. 9

A Sorrowful Tale, Op. 13

Eternal Songs, Op. 10


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Mieczyslaw Karlowicz’s six symphonic poems, composed between 1904-09, are the pinnacles of a career tragically ended when he perished in an avalanche during a solitary mountain hike.

His fame as one of the outstanding Polish composers of his generation rests on these highly original, lushly-scored masterpieces, the first, second and fifth of which are included on this second volume.

Bitterly criticised by contemporary Polish critics as examples of ‘modernist chaos’, these splendid Neo-Romantic works show both Karlowicz’s intense admiration for Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss, and the scale of his own achievement.

Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8570452

“Antoni Wit has an admirable track record with Naxos.” Classics Today

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Powracajace fale (Returning Waves), Op. 9

Powracajace fale (Returning Waves), Op. 9

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Smutna opowiesc, "Preludia do wiecznosci" (A Sorrowful Tale, "Preludes to Eternity"), Op. 13

Smutna opowiesc, "Preludia do wiecznosci" (A Sorrowful Tale, "Preludes to Eternity"), Op. 13

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Odwieczne piesni (Eternal Songs), Op. 10

I. Piesn o wiekuistej tesknocie (Song of Eternal Longing)

II. Piesn o milosci i o smierci (Song of Love and Death)

III. Piesn o wszechbycie (Song of Eternity)

BBC Music Magazine

March 2009


“Wit and the orchestra are at their finest in the final movement, 'Song of Eternal Being' in which Karlowicz brings the cycle to a grandiose and optimistic close.”

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