Notes and Editorial Reviews
This deluxe edition of Pierre Boulez's first-ever Szymanowski recording comes in a lavish hard booklet with an in-depth essay on the Polish composer as well as background on Boulez's approach to his music, original illustrations, and photos. This edition also includes a second CD that contains excerpts from the rehearsal of Symphony No. 3 as well as audio interviews with Boulez in French, English, and German.
Pierre Boulez honors singular Polish composer Karol Szymanowski by recording - live - the Violin Concerto no. 1 and the Symphony no. 3 “Song of the Night.” Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff and the Wiener Philharmoniker are peerless participants. The two orchestral works are the high-water mark of
Szymanowski’s impressionism, an idiom mingling the refined sonorities of Debussy, Ravel, and late Scriabin with the impassioned Romanticism of the New German School.
Inspired by Persian poet Rumi, Szymanowski subtitled his Symphony no. 3 “Song of the Night” after a poem by the 13th-century mystic. Emotional, even ecstatic music conveys the poem’s supernatural vision of night’s unraveling of the mystery of God.
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 by Karol Szymanowski
Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916; Poland
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