SZYMANOWSKI Symphoniy No. 3-Song of the night

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KAROL SZYMANOWSKI

Symphonies
No. 2 op. 19
No. 3 op. 27
»Song of the night · Piesn o nocy«

Violin Concerto No. 2 op. 61
Ryszard Karcykowski
Kenneth Jewell Chorale
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati
Chantal Juillet
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Charles Dutoit
Int. Release 04 Aug. 2014
1 CD
0289 478 7432 4 CD DDD DTC


Track List

Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937)
Symphony No.2, Op.19

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Symphony No.3 - "Chant de la nuit", Op.27

Ryszard Karcykowski, Kenneth Jewell Chorale, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Kenneth Jewell Chorale, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

5.
9:02

Ryszard Karcykowski, Kenneth Jewell Chorale, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Violin Concerto No.2, Op.61

Chantal Juillet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 1:14:54

This disc, most of it last seen on a long deleted Decca Double, still sounds terrific, and features two stalwarts of Decca's historic roster . . . [Szymanowski's] music is beyond gorgeous. Recorded at one of Detroit's long-closed theatres, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is heard here at the peak of their relationship with Antal Dorati . . . Dorati was a persuasive advocate of a wide variety of music, and his reading of Symphony no. 2, with an almost Romantic first movement, concluded by a raucous and decidedly modern fugue, is very convincing. The centerpiece of the program, the "Song of the Night" opens forbiddingly and ominously, but with tremendous atmosphere and tension . . . Throughout, the Detroit Symphony plays magnificently . . . Decca's engineers deserve credit for so faithfully capturing the orchestral sections, from the solo violin to the very splashy harps. The Violin Concerto no. 2 is a joy . . . a wholly engaging concerto, full of good tunes and plenty of virtuoso twists . . . Chantal Juillet plays marvelously, and Charles Dutoit and his Montréal forces are happily on top form here. A really rewarding disc, especially if you have been waiting (like me) for these fine readings to return to circulation.