Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’ creates a potent atmosphere of Persian mysticism in its rich blend of voices and exotic orchestration. His Symphony No. 4 is largely extrovert in character and has a prominent rôle for piano. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 can be found on NBD0021. The CD release of Symphony No. 3 was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and given 5 STARS by ClassicFM (8570721), and Symphony No. 4 an ‘unbeatable’ 10/10 from ClassicsToday.com (8570722); the complete cycle acclaimed as ‘revelatory’ (ClassicalCDReview.com).
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