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PENDERECKI, K.: Sinfonietta Nos. 1 and 2 / Capriccio / 3 Pieces in Old Style / Serenade (Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wit)

PENDERECKI, K.: Sinfonietta Nos. 1 and 2 / Capriccio / 3 Pieces in Old Style / Serenade (Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wit)

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release date: March 2012


Artists:

Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber OrchestraWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra


Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraWarsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra


Wit, Antoni


Antoni Wit

Conductor

Artur Pachlewski

Soloist

Jean-Louis Capezzali

Soloist

Venue:

Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 58:08
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PENDERECKI, K.: Sinfonietta Nos. 1 and 2 / Capriccio / 3 Pieces in Old Style / Serenade (Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wit)

     
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KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI

     
 

3 Pieces in Old Style

 
1 No. 1. Aria 2:15
 Antoni Wit Conductor
2 No. 2. Menuetto I 1:41
 Antoni Wit Conductor
3 No. 3. Menuetto II 2:08
 Antoni Wit Conductor
     
 

Serenade

 
4 I. Passacaglia 3:06
 Antoni Wit Conductor
5 II. Larghetto 6:50
 Antoni Wit Conductor
     
 

Sinfonietta

 
6 I. Allegro molto 8:54
 Antoni Wit Conductor
7 II. Vivace 5:08
 Antoni Wit Conductor
     
8 

Intermezzo

6:53
 Antoni Wit Conductor
     
9 

Capriccio for Oboe and String Orchestra

6:11
 Jean-Louis Capezzali Soloist
     
 

Sinfonietta No. 2

 
10 I. Notturno: Adagio 3:25
 Artur Pachlewski Soloist
11 II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo 2:36
 Artur Pachlewski Soloist
12 III. Serenade: Tempo di valse 1:51
 Artur Pachlewski Soloist
13 IV. Abschied: Larghetto 7:10
 Artur Pachlewski Soloist
 Wit, Antoni


The present album focusses on Penderecki’s music for strings, a notable sub-category of his orchestral output that runs across almost the whole of his composing career. Together with other of his Polish contemporaries, he initially deployed strings in terms of their unorthodox sonorities and ability to create textures no less striking than those achieved by wind or percussion. Later, however, re-engagement with earlier musical eras often found him invoking rather more traditional idioms. The six works featured here extend across a period of over three decades, and represent each of the main phases with which the composer has been associated. -  Richard Whitehouse

"...overall, this is one of the best collections of Penderecki’s music I’ve ever heard. Wit conducts with his usual sensitivity, grace, and emotional commitment. In the few years I’ve become acquainted with him through records, he has become ... a conductor of immense integrity whose artistic vision is not only consistent with his inner feelings regarding the music but also committed to presenting music that communicates to the listener ... Antoni Wit is a very, very special talent." 
 
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - July 2012

"This latest installment in the ongoing Naxos series devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki offers a miscellaneous collection of shorter works scored for string orchestra, spanning the entire wide gamut of stylistic avenues the composer has pursued throughout his career...the most startling entry here is the oldest, the Three Pieces in Old Style for string orchestra ... Having just set the musical world on its collective ear with such radically avant-garde works as the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, Polymorphia, and Fluorescences, with their intense dissonances and novel uses of musical…instruments, Penderecki suddenly performed a complete volte-face and penned this trio of brief movements in an unabashedly ingratiating late-Baroque/early-Classical idiom ...The two sinfoniettas ... are transcriptions for string orchestra of chamber works, the String Trio and the Clarinet Quartet, respectively. Both of these works, and the 1997 Serenade, are typical of Penderecki’s more recent neoromantic idiom; notably, the Serenade and Second Sinfonietta ... with beautifully haunting Larghetto movements redolent of emotional and spiritual desolation. The Second Sinfonietta retains the solo clarinet part of its chamber-music progenitor, performed here by Artur Pachlewski with liquid, chocolate tone... Antoni Wit and his orchestra ... are completely authoritative in this repertoire. Naxos provides its usual detailed program notes and clear, ungimmicky recorded sound. This disc is unhesitatingly recommended to all fellow admirers of the music of this, the master composer of the late 20th century." 
 
James A. Altena  - Fanfare - July 2012

"Penderecki should thank whatever gods there be that Antoni Wit has decided to champion his work. I’ve always considered Wit one of the finest of contemporary conductors, who should have had a much bigger career than many other better-known names. Under his direction, the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performs impeccably and with passion."
 
Steve Schwartz - ClassicalCDReview.com - July 2012

                       ***** - Exceptional

 

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - June 2012

 


"...The performances here are really fine throughout: Antoni Wit is an exceptional conductor who has made some outstanding recordings (not just of Polish music) with this admirable orchestra, and the recording quality is first-rate. Admirers of this composer need not hesitate..."

Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - June 2012


"...No single release of which I am aware captures Penderecki’s stylistic variety as dramatically as this one does.Conductor Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic have been associated with Penderecki’s music for decades, and they make a convincing case for all of these works, regardless of their style. Oboist Jean-Louis Capezzali need not fear comparison with Heinz Holliger, and Artur Pachlewski plays a mean, communicative clarinet in the Sinfonietta No. 2. This is intriguing music, and I don’t see how these performances could be bettered."

Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare - July 2012
 


"The orchestral playing under Wit is every bit as good as one would expect from his superb continuing survey of the music of Penderecki, which has brought to our notice so many works that are otherwise unrecorded and unperformed."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2012


"...The Penderecki/Wit/Warsaw series of recordings for Naxos over the last few years has been nothing less than exceptional, and this latest release is from the same pedigree. Commited playing, insightful interpretations and a great sound recording. It can’t get much better than this."

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel - April 2012


"...The orchestral playing under Wit is every bit as good as one would expect from his superb continuing survey of the music of Penderecki, which has brought to our notice so many works that are otherwise unrecorded and unperformed."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2012


"...The Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Wit, bring together some of Penderecki’s least-known works, covering the whole stylistic range."

Gavin Englebrecht - The Northern Echo - February 2012


"...Conductor Antoni Wit sculpts the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra’s playing, and two wind soloists shape every line with purpose. Well produced, this joins the long list of distinguished Warsaw recordings packaged by Naxos."    ****

John Allison - BBC Music Mgazine - April 2012


"...This collection of works for string orchestra swings effortlessly from courtly baroque pastiche to radical avant garde, such is Krzysztof Penderecki’s prodigious musical imagination…played with elegant warmth by the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in the latest of Antoni Wit’s excellent Penderecki series for Naxos."

Stephen Pritchard - The Observer (London) - February 2012




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