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Szymanowski: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2, Nocturne and Tarantella / Kaler, Wit, Warsaw PO


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557981   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Ilya Kaler
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Magic on a budget: Szymanowski's fantasy world is beautifully caught

Naxos offers an exceptionally clear recording of these three concertante works by Szymanowski, not just the two Violin Concertos but an orchestrated version of the Nocturne and Tarantella. Ilya Kaler, as on his other Naxos discs, gives pure, clear readings with flawless intonation and careful use of vibrato. Having a Polish conductor and orchestra as his accompanists adds to the idiomatic feel of each, with the magical orchestral sounds beautifully conjured up, particularly in No 1, the more radical of the two works.

Like Kaler, Thomas Zehetmair plays with flawlesss
Read more intonation in a wonderfully pure reading, using minimal vibrato. Kaler is a degree warmer with a shade more vibrato, and the Naxos recording brings out the fantasy of the composer’s orchestration, particularly in No 1, with wonderful clarity. Lydia Mordkovitch is warmer still, playing with hushed intensity in the gentle passages and relishing the pure beauty of the passages of writing above the stave. In the more openly lyrical Second Concerto, Mordkovitch makes the Andantino deeply reflective at a very measured pace, while the others adopt more flowing speeds with lighter results.

Kaler then plays the relatively brief Nocturne and Tarantella just as sympathetically, with the Tarantella a flamboyant virtuoso vehicle making a splendid climax to an excellent disc. The point which trumps all competition inevitably is that the Naxos issue, beautifully and idiomatically played and brilliantly recorded, comes at such a reasonable price.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [7/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Ilya Kaler (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 26 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (09/08/2006 - 09/10/2006) 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Ilya Kaler (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Poland 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 22 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (09/08/2006 - 09/10/2006) 
3.
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Ilya Kaler (Violin)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 11 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Grzegorz Fitelberg.
Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (08/24/2006 - 08/25/2006) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35: Vivace assai -
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35: Tempo comodo - Andantino -
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35: Vivace scherzando -
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35: Poco meno - Allegretto -
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35: Vivace (Tempo I)
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61: Moderato - Molto tranquillo -
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61: Andantino sostenuto -
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61: Allegramente - Molto energico -
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61: Andantino - Molto tranquillo
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28: Nocturne: Lento assai
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28: Tarantella: Presto appassionato

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