Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Amazing. At 85, Boulez has already extended his magisterial coverage of 20th-century repertory to Janácek and now he the exotic, sensual music of Karol Szymanowski, making it sound utterly gorgeous but transparently clear. His partnership with Tetzlaff and the flexible Vienna Philharmonic is perfectly suited to the lavish orchestration...Definitely a disc of the year." -
The Guardian, U.K.
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.
Bonus CD includes:
1. English Interview with Pierre Boulez
2. German Interview with Pierre Boulez
3. French Interview with Pierre Boulez
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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