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A product of Mieczysław Weinberg’s remarkable burst of creativity in the 1960s, the Eighth Symphony uses texts drawn from Julian Tuwim’s epic poem Polish Flowers which reflect on Poland’s troubled past and ominous future. Social inequities, poverty, cruelty in times of war and a final luminous vision of hope are eloquently expressed in one of Weinberg’s most personal and powerful artistic statements.
“The style is part Janácek, part Shostakovich, part Carl Orff. Impassioned performance by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under Antoni Wit.”
“The musical style he adopts is resolutely non-complaisant...Wit conducts a thoroughly well-prepared account, with respectable solo and choral singing. Phrasing and overall dramatic shaping are perhaps a little stiff, not surprisingly given the demands of some of the writing.”
“Inevitably the mood of much of the music is oppressive and troubled...Weinberg deploys his large forces sparingly and with great textural variety...It was a masterstroke on the part of Naxos to use Polish forces. Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic...deliver a performance of searcing intensity.”