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Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

LSO0731 SACD

Szymanowski 1 & 2

Szymanowski 1 & 2

 

Valery Gergiev conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

ICMA Nomination 2014: Symphonic Music

‘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.’ Gramophone (UK)

Valery Gergiev explores the intense expression, fervour and spirituality of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937) with his first recording of the early symphonies on LSO Live.

Karol Szymanowski is emerging as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, with the sheer opulence and exotic sensuousness of his music winning over an increasingly wide audience. His First Symphony displays a youthful musical vision besotted with high-Romanticism and mysticism. His Second occupies similar territory, its passion channelled into soaring violin lines and chamber textures. Both make for an entralling listening experience.

Valery Gergiev says of this project; ‘Szymanowski not only deserves to be widely heard and recognised, but his music also gives us a tremendous opportunity to understand better the development of classical music through the Twentieth Century.’ 

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Reviews

ICMA Nomination 2014: Symphonic Music

‘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.’ Gramophone (UK)

‘The LSO revel in these romantic sounds with wonderful playing in all sections.’ Auditorium (Germany)

‘Valery Gergiev’s LSO sound is technically brilliant’ The Arts Desk (UK)

‘… 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.’ BBC Radio 3 CD Review

***** Performance ‘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.’ SA-CD.net

‘the LSO’s performances brim with virtuosic energy.’ Listen (US)

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

SACD/digital LSO0731 (822231173120)
    
James Mallinson, producer
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineer
    
DSD recording, live at the Barbican, September & October 2012
Stereo and multi-channel 5.1
    
Total playing time: 47’27’’
Jewel case with 24pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German.

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