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Simon Rattle - Karol Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Violin Concertos; King Roger; Orchestral Songs; Stabat Mater; Harnasie [4CD Box Set] (2008)

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Simon Rattle - Karol Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Violin Concertos; King Roger; Orchestral Songs; Stabat Mater; Harnasie [4CD Box Set]  (2008)

Artist: Simon Rattle
Title Of Album: Karol Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Violin Concertos; King Roger; Orchestral Songs; Stabat Mater; Harnasie
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: EMI
Genre: Classical
Quality: APE (Image+.cue)/MP3
Bitrate: Lossless/320 kbps
Time: 04:39:30 min
Total Size: 1,1 Gb/641 mb
WWW: allmusic

With this reissue of 10 of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's (1882-1937) most important works, EMI has made available in one boxed set of more than five and a half hours of music -- nearly, but not quite, all of the composer's works recorded by Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Under Rattle's leadership, the orchestra and chorus have made something of a specialty of Szymanowski, and these performances demonstrate a sure grasp of the composer's styles, which echo Strauss, Mahler, Ravel, and Scriabin filtered through the sensibilities of the composer's eastern European roots and his profoundly romantic temperament. This collection, which includes pieces from the 1910s to the end of his life, offers a broad and generous introduction to Szymanowski's work, in superlative performances, with state-of-the-art engineering.

Szymanowski's opera King Roger has never found its way into the standard repertoire, but it remains an intriguing work with many fiercely loyal advocates, and its appeal is immediately obvious in its lush, colorful, and richly imagined music. The opera is hobbled by its dramatic structure and a weak ending, but the opera is a glorious musical ride. The soloists are for the most part very fine. Thomas Hampson is a solid and persuasive King Roger, singing with warmth and urgency. Elzbieta Szmytka's security and fullness in the punishingly high role of Queen Roxana are electrifying. Of the leads, only tenor Ryszard Minkiewicz as the Shepherd disappoints; he's merely adequate in a role that demands a powerful and charismatic presence.

Two of the composer's symphonies are represented in the set. His Third, "Song of the Night," which features a tenor soloist and chorus, sets poems by the Sufi mystic Rumi in two of its movements. The music is lush and ecstatic, and the performance here is ravishing. The Fourth Symphony is essentially a piano concerto. It's far more modest and less flashy than its predecessor and the opera, but it shares their eclectic post-Romanticism, expansiveness, and exotic, sometime eccentric orchestration. Leif Ove Andsnes plays the solo part with assurance and panache.

The 1923-1931 ballet Harnasie, like the Third Symphony, is scored for tenor, chorus, and orchestra. It's clearly narrative music, as aptly conceived for dramatic presentation as Stravinsky's ballets, whose influence can be detected both in its structure and in the new gestural and orchestrational freedom Szymanowski unleashed in this work. The score is flavored by folk music of the Carpathians, but Szymanowski's opulent late-Romantic harmonic vocabulary and sweeping melodies are still prominent and are brilliantly effective in the service of the drama.

Two song cycles, Love Songs of Hafiz, from 1911-1915, and from 1915, reveal Szymanowski's mastery of vocal writing, and create shapely and affecting dramatic miniatures. The Love Songs of Hafiz have a Mahlerian emotional directness and harmonic palette, but with a Slavic sensibility. The Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess are extravagantly ornamented, using the full range of vocal acrobatics available to a coloratura, as is appropriate for the regal subject. Szymanowski's orchestration, particularly in his inventive and prominent use of percussion, makes this music distinctively his own.

The Stabat Mater and Litany to the Virgin Mary are relatively late works and are more austere in tone, as their subject matter requires. Reflective moments of a cappella choral singing alternate with delicately accompanied vocal solos, but the music inhabits essentially the same harmonic landscape as the Third Symphony. While the symphony is characterized by an almost erotically charged ecstasy, the passions these pieces voice are expressions of intense grief or profound religious devotion.

The violin concertos, dating from 1916 and 1932 to 1933, were both written for the composer's friend, Pawel Kochanski. They are among the more unprepossessing works in this collection, with a delicacy of mood and restraint in orchestration that put them at the opposite of the composer's aesthetic from his extravagantly lush opera. They are strong, subtle works, and Thomas Zehetmair performs them in refined tone and articulation, but he tends to play down the folk elements that are especially evident in the second concerto. EMI's bargain-priced release should interest any fans of Szymanowski, as well as anyone who wants to get to know his work.

Simon Rattle - Karol Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Violin Concertos; King Roger; Orchestral Songs; Stabat Mater; Harnasie [4CD Box Set]  (2008)
Disc 1 (65.13)
Piesni ksiezniczki z basni Op.31
Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess for voice and orchestra
1 Samotny ksiezyc 4.44
The Lonely Moon
2 Stowik 2.55
The Nightingale
3 Tanlec 2.11
Harnasie Op.55
Ballet-pantomime In two tableaux for tenor, chorus and orchestra
Obraz I: Na hall
Tableau I: In the mountain pasture
4 No.l Redyk 4.23
Driving the sheep
5 No.2 Scena mimlczna (zaloty) 2.06
Mimed Scene (Courtship)
6 No.3 Marsz zbôjnicki 1.39
The Tatra Robbers' March
7 No A Scena mimlczna (Harnas i Dziewczyna) 3.32
Mimed Scene (The Hamas' and the girl)
8 No.5 Tanlec zbôjnicki. Final 4.20
The Tatra Robbers' Dance. Finale
Obraz II: W karczmie
Tableau II: In the Inn
9 No.6a Wesele 2.25
The Wedding
10 No.6b Cepiny 1 57
Entry of the bride
11 No.6c Piesn siuhajow 108
Drinking Song
12 No.7 Taniec goralski 3.49
The Tatra Highlanders' Dance
13 No.8 Napad harnasiow. Taniec 5.31
Raid of the Harnasie. Dance
14 No.9 Epilog 2.55
Piesni mitosne Hafiza Op.26
Love Songs of Hafiz for high voice and orchestra
15 Zyczenia 1.51
16 Zakochany wiatr 1.55
The infatuated East Wind
17 Taniec 148
18 Serca mego perty 1.50
Pearls of my soul
19 Wieczna mtodosc 3.00
Eternal Youth
20 Gtos twoj 2.46
Your Voice
21 Piesri pijacka 2.34
Drinking Song
22 Grob Hafiza 5.47
Hafiz's Grave
Iwona Sobotka soprano (1-3)
Katarina Karneus mezzo-soprano (15-22)
Timothy Robinson tenor (6, 12, 14)
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Language coach: Grazyna Pope

Disc 2 (71.20)
Violin Concerto No.l Op.35
1 Vivace assai - Tempo comodo: Andantino - Subito vivace assai - 11.44
2 Vivace scherzando (Fig. 52) - Tempo comodo: Allegretto - Vivace - 8.36
3 Cadenza (Vivace) - Allegro moderato - Lento assai 5.11
Violin Concerto No.2 Op.61
4 Moderato - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I - Cadenza - 11.28
5 Allegramente, molto energico (Fig. 26) - 3.51
6 Andantino molto tranquillo (Fig. 40) - Tempo I (Allegramente, animato) 5.37
Thomas Zehetmair violin
Symphonie concertante 0p.60 (Symphony No.4)
7 I. Moderato. Tempo comodo 9.53
8 II. Andante molto sostenuto 8.16
9 III. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso 6.31
Leif Ove Andsnes piano

Disc 3 (64.59)
Krol Roger Op.46
Opera in three acts - Libretto: Karol Szymanowski & Jarostaw Iwaszkiewicz
King Roger ....................................THOMAS HAMPSON
Roxana .........................................ELZBIETA SZMYTKA
Edrlsi ............................................PHILIP LANGRIDGE
Shepherd .....................................RYSZARD MINKIEWICZ
Archbishop ...................................ROBERT GIERLACH
Deaconess ...................................JADWIGA RAPPE
Voice 1 .........................................LISA MILNE
Voice 2 .........................................ANDREW BURDEN
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus
Chorus master: Adrian Partington Chorus director: Simon Halsey
1 Hagios! Hagios! (Chorus/Archbishop) 2.41
2 Boze pobtogostaw Panie praodwieczny (Chorus/Solo Tenor/Archbishop/Deaconess) 2.28
3 Czys styszat? (Roger/Edrisi/Archbishop/Deaconess/Chorus/Roxana) 4.23
4 Oto bluznierca! (Chorus/Roger/Shepherd) 1.20
5 Moj Bog jest plekny jako ja (Shepherd/Archbishop/Deaconess/Chorus/Roxana/Roger) 4.18
6 Wjego usmiechu! (Roxana/Roger/Shepherd/Chorus/Deaconess/Archbishop/Edrisi) 3.56
7 Niech odejdzie Pasterz (Roger/Chorus/Roxana/Shepherd) 5.25
8 (Orchestra) 2.08
9 Niepokoj bladych gwiazd (Roger/Chorus/Edrisi) 5.22
10 A...!...Roksana! Jej spiew! (Roxana/Roger/Edhsi/Chorus) 4.18
11 Ktos mgllsty przeszedt miedzy strazg! (Roger/Edrisi/Chorus/Shepherd) 1.15
12 0 przychodze sam, jako kazates, Krolu (Shepherd/Roger) 5.04
13 A...! Uspij swoj lek i gniew, Rogerze! (Roxana/Shepherd/Roger/Edrisi) 3.05
14 Tajemnych gtebln zycia zar wszechmocng (Shepherd) 2.37
15 Dance of the Shepherd's followers (Orchestra) 1.43
16 Roxana's entrance: A...! W radosnym taricu (Chorus/Roxana/Shepherd/Roger) 2.09
17 Kto smie moj czar taricuchem petac rabow? (Shepherd/Roxana/Chorus) 2.15
18 Stuchajcie... W ciszy nocy, stuchajcie (Shepherd/Roxana/Choms/Roger/Edrisi) 5.21
19 Appendix: Roxana's aria with concert ending: A...!...Roksana! Jej splew! (Roxana/Roger/Edrisi/Chorus) 4.50

Disc 4 (78.28)
1 (Orchestra) 1.57
2 Wokdt martwota gtazow (Roger/Edrisi) 4.36
3 Rogerze! Rogerze! (Roxana/Edrisi/Roger/Shepherd/Solo Soprano/Chorus) 1.34
4 Na sgd, na sad staw sie Krolu (Chorus/Roger/Shepherd/Edrisi/Roxana) 5.46
5 Syc ofiarny (Roxana/Roger/Shepherd/Chorus) 4.20
6 Edrlsi, juz swit! 1.36
7 Storice! Stoiice! Edrisi! (Roger) 2.27
Stabat Mater Op.53
8 Stabat Mater dolorosa 6.11
9 Quls est homo qui non fleret 2.25
10 Eia Mater, fons amorls 3.51
11 Fac me tecum pie flere 3.01
12 Virgo virginum praeclare 2.53
13 Chrlste, cum sit hinc exire 4.57
Litania do Marii Panny Op.59
14 Dwunastodzwieczna cytaro 3.26
15 Jak krzak skarlaty 4.36
Symphony No.3 Op.27 'Song of the Night'
16 I. Moderato assai 7.41
17 II. Vivace, scherzando 7.14
18 III. Largo 9.45
Elzbieta Szmytka soprano (8-15) -Florence Quivar mezzo-soprano (8-13)
Jon Garrison tenor (16-18) - John Connell bass (8-13) - Peter Thomas violin (16-18)
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus chorus master Simon Halsey

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tiger   User offline   2 March 2015 19:59

Thanks a lot.

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