Karol Szymanowski: Harnasie (Ballet-Pantomime)

Karol Szymanowski: Harnasie (Ballet-Pantomime)

by Antoni Wit
     
 

Fans of Polish fin de siècle composer Karol Szymanowski are likely to warmly embrace this disc by Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Wit and the Polish musicians deliver energetically conducted, enthusiastically played, and thoroughly persuasive performances of his relatively frequently recorded ballet pantomimeSee more details below

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Fans of Polish fin de siècle composer Karol Szymanowski are likely to warmly embrace this disc by Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Wit and the Polish musicians deliver energetically conducted, enthusiastically played, and thoroughly persuasive performances of his relatively frequently recorded ballet pantomime "Harnasie" and pantomime "Mandragora," plus the infrequently performed incidental music to Act V of "Prince Potemkin." Wit has long been acknowledged as one of Poland's finest conductors, and his association with Szymanowski's music is extended and honorable. He shapes the folk-like "Harnasie" into a convincing whole, holds the more phantasmagorical "Mandragora" together despite its discursive nature, and gives "Prince Potemkin" a sharply pointed interpretation that makes the best case for the brief work. As always, the Warsaw Philharmonic plays quite well; though perhaps not the most polished of the big European orchestras, it still digs into this music with a commitment that is hard to fault. Two of the three vocal soloists are impressive, but tenor Wieslaw Ochman sometimes sounds a bit tired. Naxos' digital sound is more than functionally, if less than entirely, effective in projecting the scores' colors and intricacies.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313072378
catalogNumber:
8570723
Rank:
219525

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Tracks

  1. Harnasie (The Highland Robbers), ballet pantomime for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 55, M68  - Karol Szymanowski  - Karol Szymanowski  - Wieslaw Ochman  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  - Antoni Wit  - Henryk Wojnarowski  - Ewa Marczyk  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus  - Mieczslaw (Jerzy) Rytard
  2. Mandragora, ballet pantomime, Op. 43, M45  - Karol Szymanowski  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  - Antoni Wit  - Henryk Wojnarowski  - Kazimierz Koslacz  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus  - Ryszard Boleslawski  - Alexander Pinderak  - Leon Schiller
  3. Prince Potemkin, incidental music to Act 5 of Micinski's play, for orchestra, Op. 51, M57  - Karol Szymanowski  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  - Antoni Wit  - Henryk Wojnarowski  -  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus  - Tadeusz Micinski  - Ewa Marciniec

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Performance Credits

Antoni Wit   Primary Artist

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