Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2

Naxos: 8570295

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Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570295
(8.570295)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Sept 2008

Barcode:

0747313029570

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Karlowicz - Symphonic Poems Volume 2


Karlowicz:

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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