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Szymanowski: Complete Songs For Voice And Piano


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 19398   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr BeczalaReinild MeesJuliana GondekUrszula Kryger,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Where have Karol Szymanowski's songs been hiding all these years? True, his Songs of the Fairy Princess Op. 31 are relatively familiar in their orchestral guise. But the works for voice and piano are ripe for rediscovery. Channel Classics' complete edition allows us to explore their wide stylistic and emotional gamut.


Each of the four discs is given over to a different singer. On Disc 1, Piotr Beczala's light but ardent tenor proves ideal in the early Six Songs Op. 2 and Fragments from Poems by Jaan Kasprowicz Op. 5, works that evoke Fauré's subtle harmonic palette and the sweeping passion of Scriabin's youthful keyboard writing. The songs on Disc 2 plunge into more
Read more sensual textural and harmonic territory, especially the Colorful Songs Op. 22 (shades of Pfitzner and the teenage Korngold's juicier moments) and seven James Joyce settings in English (Op. 54).


Save for high sustained notes that wobble, soprano Juliana Gondek's full-throated delivery and concentration hold strong appeal. However, I prefer Iwona Sobotka's prettier, more agile soprano voice in the aforementioned Op. 31, along with mezzo-soprano Urszula Kryger's clarion diction and faultless intonation in the difficult, quasi-atonal Four Songs Op. 41. It takes a real virtuoso and a sensitive colorist to do full justice to Szymanowski's often daunting piano parts, all of which Reinild Mees commands with the utmost ease and sensitivity. Full texts and translations, comprehensive program notes, and superb engineering add further value to a release that fills a significant discographical gap. [3/22/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 2 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1902; Poland 
2.
Fragments (3) from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz, Op. 5 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 
3.
The Swan, Op. 7 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Poland 
4.
Songs (4), Op. 11 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Poland 
5.
Soldiers' Songs by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
6.
Idom se siuhaje dolu, Spiewaj´cy by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Poland 
7.
Songs (5), Op. 13 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Poland 
8.
Songs (3), Op. 32 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
9.
Buntelieder, Op. 22 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Poland 
10.
Songs of the infatuated muezzin, Op. 42 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1934; Poland 
11.
Songs (7) to words by James Joyce, Op. 54 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Poland 
12.
Kurpie Songs, Op. 58 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1933; Poland 
13.
Dans les prés fleuris by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 20 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Reinild Mees (Piano), Urszula Kryger (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Poland 
15.
Lovesongs (6) of Hafiz, Op. 24 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Mezzo Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
16.
Das Grab des Hafis by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Mezzo Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
17.
Songs (4), Op. 41 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Mezzo Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Poland 
18.
Songs (12), Op. 17 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Urszula Kryger (Mezzo Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Poland 
19.
Songs (6) of a fairy-tale princess, Op. 31 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
20.
Slopiewnie, Op. 46b by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Poland 
21.
Lullabies (3), Op. 48 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922 
22.
Children's rhymes, Op. 49 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922-1923; Poland 
23.
Vocalise Etude by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Iwona Sobotka (Soprano), Reinild Mees (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Poland 

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