Szymanowski- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

London Symphony Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 1- i. Allegro patetico
09:25
2.
Symphony No. 1- ii. Finale- Allegretto con moto. Grazioso
08:22
3.
Symphony No. 2- i. Alegro moderato. Grazioso
11:17
4.
Symphony No. 2- ii. Temat (Theme)
01:19
5.
Symphony No. 2- iii. Wariacja I (Variation I)
01:22
6.
Symphony No. 2- iv. Wariacja II (Variation II)
01:53
7.
Symphony No. 2- v. Wariacja III (Variation III)
02:24
8.
Symphony No. 2- vi. Wariacja IV (Variation IV)
02:05
9.
Symphony No. 2- vii. Wariacja V (Variation V)
02:15
10.
Symphony No. 2- viii. Wariacja VI (Finale Introduction - Variation VI)
01:05
11.
Symphony No. 2- ix. Fuga Finale
06:00

Total time: 00:47:27

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Original Recording Format

Mastering Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes

Producer

James Mallinson

Recording Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson

Recording location

Barbican London

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

LSO0731

Release Date November 11, 2014
SKU LSO0731

Press reviews

Listen

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.

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