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Karlowicz: Serenade, Violin Concerto / Kaler, Wit, Warsaw PO

Karlowicz / Kaler / Wpo / Wit
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572274  
Composer:  Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Performer:  Ilya Kaler
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karlowicz's death in 1909, at age 33, was a serious loss to Polish music. His single Violin Concerto (1902) is as beautiful a work in the romantic style as any of the period, and Ilya Kaler plays it very well. Apart from a slightly grainy tone under pressure, he masters the technical difficulties pretty much effortlessly, and closes the slow movement with an absolutely exquisite diminuendo. It's a lovely performance, ideally accompanied by Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic, and you'll be amazed by the melodic appeal and formal shapeliness of a work that deserves to be much, much better known.

The Serenade, for string orchestra, has four warmly tuneful movements, including an opening march and a lilting waltz, and like
Read more the concerto it deserves to be a popular concert favorite. The Warsaw Philharmonic strings really dig into the music, playing with joyful gusto in the quick movements and with real soul in the Romance. The only drawback to this release is the comparatively short playing time (51 minutes), but given the quality of the music and the fine engineering, this hardly counts. Strongly recommended.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 2 by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
Performer:  Ilya Kaler (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Berlin, Germany 

Sound Samples

Serenade, Op. 2: I. March: Allegro moderato - Tempo di marcia - Trio: Meno mosso
Serenade, Op. 2: II. Romance: Andante con moto
Serenade, Op. 2: III. Waltz: Allegro moderato - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
Serenade, Op. 2: IV. Finale: Allegretto non troppo
Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8: II. Romance: Andante
Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8: III. Finale: Vivace assai

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