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Although he left the merest handful of compositions at his seemingly accidental death in an avalanche while skiing, Mieczysław Karłowicz ranks among the most important Polish composers of his generation.
Described by Gramophone as a ‘magician, bewitching our ears’, Russian-born American based violinist Ilya Kaler has won 1st Prizes and Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and the Paganini Competitions and made many acclaimed Naxos recordings. He is an ideal soloist in Mieczysław Karłowicz’s attractive and spirited Violin Concerto.
The Serenade, Karłowicz’s first orchestral work, signals the young composer’s extraordinary command of expressive ideas and opulent harmonies. Karlowicz’s Symphonic Poems Volumes 1 (8570452) and 2 (8570295) also conducted by Antoni Wit are also available.
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Serenade, Op. 2
I. March: Allegro moderato - Tempo di marcia - Trio: Meno mosso
II. Romance: Andante con moto
III. Waltz: Allegro moderato - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
IV. Finale: Allegretto non troppo
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romance: Andante
III. Finale: Vivace assai
“Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic are ideal interpreters. At Naxos's super-budget price it really is an outstanding issue, readily competing with more expensive versions of the Violin Concerto.”
“This...is above all emotional music. The Concerto is a score which wears its expressions fully...In this regard, the present recording could hardly be improved upon, for Ilya Kaler is a winning soloist who has the undoubted advantage of a fine and sympathetic orchestra under its gifted conductor, Antoni Wit. Kaler is well balanced with the orchestra and the acoustic of the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall is one which is admirably natural and warm.”