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MONIUSZKO, S.: Overtures (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

MONIUSZKO, S.: Overtures (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 88.2Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestra

Antoni Wit

Conductor

Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Venue:

Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 79:26
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STANISLAW MONIUSZKO

     
1 

Bajka (The Fairy Tale): Overture

13:26
     
2 

Paria

09:46
     
3 

Halka, Act 1: Mazurka

08:36
     
4 

Verbum nobile

05:16
     
5 

Flis (The Raftsman)

10:02
     
6 

Hrabina (The Countess)

09:00
     
7 

Straszny dwor (The Haunted Manor)

04:10
     
8 

Jawnuta

04:11
     
9 

Nowy Don Kiszot, czyli Sto szalenstw (The New Don Quixote, or 100 Follies)

07:34
     
10 

Kochanka hetmanska

07:25
     
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
  Antoni Wit Conductor


 Stanislaw Moniuszko was Poland’s leading opera composer in the 19th century, his work said to ‘bridge the gap between Chopin and Szymanowski’. His skill as a born melodist is apparent in the ‘beautiful and inspired’ overture to Paria, while the dramatic Halka was the work which brought him national acclaim. An affinity with Liszt’s tone poems can be heard in the substantial overture Bajka, while the scene for The Haunted Manor is set with an atmospheric Intrada.

"...Mr Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic…play excellently. After having attended a concert by these forces, I can state that Mr Wit has developed an orchestra that is as fine as the best in Europe. That is clearly demonstrated on this recording. The sound is full-bodied and clear, allowing Moniuszko’s music and orchestrations to be fully appreciated."

 
Elliot Fisch - American Record Guide - May 2014

"...this is attractive music that demonstrates both inspiration and craft.There is a lovely grace and elegance to much of this music, and Wit captures it with a lighter touch than others. The Warsaw Philharmonic is a front rank orchestra, and this music is in their blood. In sum, this is a delight." 

 
Henry Fogel - Fanfare - May/June 2014

"Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic are not only devoted but extremely competent when it comes to play Moniuszko’s overtures. They do it brilliantly and give a maximum of musical quality to the 10 pieces, some of them being revealed here as really gorgeous music."      *****

 
Remy Franck - Pizzicato -  April 2014

                      Album of the Week

 
"...zesty and full of charm, a reminder that there’s always new music to be discovered beyond the core Western canon." 
 
WQXR (New York) - March 2014
 

 "Conductor Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra ... team up to give us another memorable Naxos disc of Polish goodies. Moniuszko’s music is very tempo dependent and Wit invariably gets them just right as opposed to conductors on other recordings of these overtures, particularly Flis, who either drag their feet or rush to the finish line... the recordings are very consistent, and project a wide clearly defined soundstage in a pleasantly reverberant venue."

 
Bob McQuiston - Classical Lost and Found - April 2014

"This collection of operatic overtures stretches across twenty years and is quite charming. The playing and engineering is exemplary…everything is comme il faut from Poland’s capital orchestra and leading conductor. Paul Conway’s notes tell us what we want to know without any opaque and unnecessary musical technicalities. This collection certainly takes us well beyond the usual Halka and Haunted Manor overtures and does so without any suggestion of choking dust." 

 
Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2014
 

"Moniuszko offers not so much Chopin and Szymanowski’s missing link as amiable filler in the style of Schumann and Weber, while lacking any of those composer’s melodic inspiration. Excellently played."    ****

Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music Magazine - February 2014




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