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LS 0731

Szymanowski - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson


Neil Hutchinson

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 47:27
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Symphony No.1 *

1 Allegro patetico 9:25
2 Finale: Allegretto con moto. Grazioso 8:22

Symphony No.2 **

3 Allegro moderato. Grazioso 11:17
4 Temat (Theme) 1:19
5 Wariacja I (Variation I) 1:22
6 Wariacja II (Variation II) 1:53
7 Wariacja III (Variation III) 2:24
8 Wariacja IV (Variation IV) 2:05
9 Wariacja V (Variation V) 2:15
10 Finale Introduzione - Wariacja VI 1:05
  (Finale Introductions - Variation VI)  
11 Fuga Finale (Finale: Fugue) 6:00

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Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

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

Szymanowski is emerging as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, 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 enthralling 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.’

"... Those wanting to add these works to their collection should certainly consider the present discs, which Szymanowski aficionados will find absorbing and provoking in equal measure."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - October 2013

"...Being a natural inheritor of Scriabinesque exoticism, Symanowski 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 drawns excellent playing from the London Symphony Orchestra, balances some complete textures with expert ear and the clear, close-set ... "

Rob Cowan -  Gramophone magazine - September 2013

                         Music *** (Good)         Sound *** (Good)

Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum magazine - September 2013

                     Performance ***      Recording ****

John Allison - BBC Music magazine - September 2013

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