SZYMANOWSKI Symphony No. 3 The Song of the Night, Symphony No. 4 Concertante. Rafal Bartminski, Jan Krzysztof Broja, Warsaw Philharmonic / Antoni Wit. ICA Classics DVD

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Szymanowski Symphony 3 4 Antoni Wit Ica Classics Dvd

ANTONI WIT

SZYMANOWSKI (1882–1937)

Symphony No. 3 ‘The Song of the Night’

Symphony No. 4 ‘Concertante’

Rafal Bartminski - Tenor

Ewa Marczyk - Violin Solo

Jan Krzysztof Broja - Piano

Warsaw Philharmonic – The National Orchestra and Choir of Poland / Antoni Wit

LIVE FROM THE WARSAW PHILHARMONIC HALL, WARSAW, 19 NOVEMBER 2009

This recording, filmed live from the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound. Superbly filmed for Polish Television, these two performances embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which Antoni Wit is widely recognised.

He is a great communicator with an exceptional attention to detail, which can be seen in his performances of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir. Wit was nominated for ‘Best Orchestral Performance’ for his audio recording of Szymanowski Symphonies 1 & 4 (Jan Krzysztof Broja, Ewa Marczyk & Marek Marczyk; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra) on Naxos.

Wit is particularly renowned for his comprehensive recordings of Polish music, Mahler and Strauss on EMI, Sony and Naxos, and works with leading orchestras worldwide including the Dresden Philharmonic,

Budapest Festival Orchestra, La Scala Milan, NHK Tokyo, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

One of Szymanowski’s most popular works, the Fourth Symphony is full of captivatingly beautiful melodies with a subtle orchestral score full of colour and nuance. It enjoys recognition both within and beyond

the composer’s homeland. (Piotr Maculewicz)

Reviews of Wit’s other performances of Szymanowski:

‘Naxos here completes its second recorded cycle of Szymanowski’s orchestral works. And that apparent duplication seems less remarkable once you hear the passionate and exceptional musical understanding of the Warsaw Philharmonic under their general and artistic director’. (Gramophone Magazine, Szymanowski Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 on Naxos) ‘...when Antoni Wit and his forces are on top form, they’re pretty much unbeatable.... Wit typically directs with remarkable clarity as well as power – A splendid release!’ Classics Today (Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos.1 & 4 – Antoni Wit/ Warsaw Philharmonic

Orchestra (Naxos))

‘The rich, handsomely blended sound of the Warsaw strings immediately indicated that the orchestra had nothing to fear from the hall’s acoustics. Mr Wit affectionately moulded and shaped phrases… [his]

deeply satisfying account benefited from warm, mellow strings and robust brass. A rousing response from the audience drew three encores.’ (The New York Times, November 2008)

Sound format: LCPM stereo

+ DTS 5.1

Picture format: 16:9

Running time: 55’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

ICAClassics DVD ICAD5017

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