Karlowicz: Serenade & Violin Concerto

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Karlowicz: Serenade & Violin Concerto



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4th Jan 2011




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Karlowicz: Serenade & Violin Concerto


Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 2

Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8

Ilya Kaler (violin)



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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

Gramophone Magazine

April 2011

“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.”

International Record Review

April 2011

“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.”

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