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Penderecki: Sinfoniettas, Oboe Capriccio / Capezzali, Pachlewski, Wit

Penderecki / Capezzali
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Artur PachlewskiJean-Louis Capezzali
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There’s a huge range of style in these works for smaller forces, from the baroque/romantic pastiche of Three Pieces in Old Style (based on a 1963 film score), through the avant-garde Intermezzo for 24 Strings and the amazingly virtuosic Capriccio for Oboe and String Orchestra, to the later, neo-romantic Serenade and two Sinfoniettas. Even in these slighter, lighter works Penderecki’s music is no laugh riot. The Serenade, for example, contains two movements: a creepy Passacaglia and a sad concluding Larghetto. The First Sinfonietta opens as if in the middle of quoting The Rite of Spring, while the Second Sinfonietta is an expansion of a chamber work for clarinet.

Both of the woodwind soloists, Artur Pachlewski (clarinet) and
Read more Jean-Louis Capezzali (oboe), play exceptionally well, especially Capezzali, who exhibits frankly insane agility in the Capriccio. Antoni Wit, as always, is the most reliable possible guide to this repertoire, combining accuracy with warmth and expressive intensity. Somehow he does so without making an ugly sound, and believe me that’s not always easy. Of course it helps that the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra has a particularly rich-sounding string section. Excellently engineered, this latest release is well up to the high standards of Naxos’ Penderecki series.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonietta for Strings by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Artur Pachlewski (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990-1991; Poland 
2.
Sinfonietta for Strings by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990-1991; Poland 
3.
Pieces (3) in Antique Style by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Poland 
4.
Intermezzo for Strings by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Poland 
5.
Capriccio for Oboe and 11 Strings by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Jean-Louis Capezzali (Oboe)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Poland 
6.
Serenade by Krzysztof Penderecki
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 

Sound Samples

3 Pieces in Old Style: No. 1. Aria
3 Pieces in Old Style: No. 2. Menuetto I
3 Pieces in Old Style: No. 3. Menuetto II
Serenade: I. Passacaglia
Serenade: II. Larghetto
Sinfonietta: I. Allegro molto
Sinfonietta: II. Vivace
Intermezzo
Capriccio for Oboe and String Orchestra
Sinfonietta No. 2: I. Notturno: Adagio
Sinfonietta No. 2: II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
Sinfonietta No. 2: III. Serenade: Tempo di valse
Sinfonietta No. 2: IV. Abschied: Larghetto

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