Szymanowski- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Szymanowski

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Sometimes a composer’s early compositions do not become a regular part of the canon. Stravinsky’s Symphony in E flat (1905–07), for example, remains a largely neglected work. Szymanowski’s case is more complicated. His first orchestral piece, the Concert Overture (1904–05), written at the end of his studies in Warsaw, has remained one of his most performed, even though it is clearly influenced by the style and swagger of Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan. Its confident air and sense of purpose did not, however, carry over into Szymanowski’s first attempt at full symphonic writing.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Szymanowski- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Szymanowski

London Symphony Orchestra

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The LSO’s performances brim with virtuosic energy.

    BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Valery Gergiev, making them [the LSO] sound as passionate as he obviously is himself about Szymanowski’s music. There’s some wonderfully committed vital, colourful playing here, and the Barbican recording lets it all through to us.

    Auditorium

The LSO revel in these romantic sounds with wonderful playing in all sections.

    SA-CD.net -

Gergiev gives a passionate account of this [second] symphony thanks both to some breathtakingly beautiful solos from individual members of the LSO in the work's slower sections and typically incisive playing in the more lively ones as demonstrated, for example, by the crisp articulation of the 2nd symphony's final fugue.

    The Arts Desk

Valery Gergiev’s LSO sound is technically brilliant.

    Gramophone

Being a natural inheritor of Scriabinesque exoticism, Szymanowski is bound to bring out the best in Scriabin’s most imaginative interpreters, which is why Valery Gergiev proves such a convincing interpreter of both works. He draws excellent playing from the London Symphony Orchestra, balance some complex textures with an expert ear and the clear, close-set recording has an impressive dynamic range. Very useful, too, to have the first two symphonies coupled on a single CD.

Szymanowski- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Szymanowski

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson
Recording location: Barbican London
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Symphony No. 1- i. Allegro patetico
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Symphony No. 1- ii. Finale- Allegretto con moto. Grazioso
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Symphony No. 2- i. Alegro moderato. Grazioso
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Symphony No. 2- ii. Temat (Theme)
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Symphony No. 2- iii. Wariacja I (Variation I)
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Symphony No. 2- iv. Wariacja II (Variation II)
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Symphony No. 2- v. Wariacja III (Variation III)
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Symphony No. 2- vi. Wariacja IV (Variation IV)
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Symphony No. 2- vii. Wariacja V (Variation V)
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Symphony No. 2- viii. Wariacja VI (Finale Introduction - Variation VI)
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Symphony No. 2- ix. Fuga Finale
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