• New CD Note (Szymanowski/Chandos)

CHAN 5115After four volumes of Lutosławski in its ‘Muzyka Polska’ series, with a fifth to follow shortly, Chandos has begun a new Polish strand.  New Year’s Day 2013 marks the issue of its first Szymanowski CD in the series.  The principal forces remain the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner.

I heard Louis Lortie’s recording of Szymanowski’s Symphony no.4 ‘Symphonie Concertante’ when it was broadcast on Radio 3 last November.  It fairly zinged along and the finale was the best that I’ve heard.  Also on this new CD are the early Concert Overture and Symphony no.2.

The front cover, if I’m not mistaken, shows the Tatra Mountains from the southern, Slovakian side rather than from a Polish vantage point that Szymanowski might have known.  The lake is Štrbské Pleso.

Here’s the link to my booklet note for this new Szymanowski CDor you can scroll the CD NOTES tab above.

• New CD Note (Lutosławski vol.3/Chandos)

The New Year brings a new CD in Chandos’s Muzyka polska series.  It’s the third in Edward Gardner’s survey with the BBC Symphony Orchestra of the music of Witold Lutosławski.  The performances have been stunning for their clarity and fresh insights into the orchestral music of the Polish composer, whose centenary will be celebrated in 2013.  Word is already out that the next CD will include Symphony no.2 and the Cello Concerto, with Paul Watkins as soloist.  I can’t wait!

This third CD comprises Symphonic Variations (1938), Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1941/78), Piano Concerto (1988) and Symphony no.4 (1992).  The soloist in the two concertante works is Louis Lortie.

Here’s the link to my booklet note for Lutosławski: Orchestral Works II, or you can scroll the CD NOTES tab above.

Happy New Year!

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