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Szymanowski: Symphony No.3, Op. 27 ‘Song of The Night’
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Rafał Bartmiński, tenor
(18 November 2009, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall)
Szymanowski: Symphony No.4, Op. 60 ‘Symphonie Concertante’
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Jan Krzysztof Broja, piano
(18 November 2009, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall)

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Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit’s performances of Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound.

The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release.

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        Symphony No.3 ‘Pies´n´ o nocy’ for tenor, chorus and orchestra, op.27

        The Song of the Night · Le Chant de la nuit · Das Lied der Nacht

1      Moderato assai (‘O, nie ´spij, druhu, nocy tej!’)                                

2      Allegretto tranquillo                                                                            

3      Largo (‘Jak cicho. Inni ´spia˛…’)                                                            


        Rafal Bartmin´ski tenor

        Warsaw Philharmonic — The National Orchestra and Choir of Poland

        Leader: Ewa Marczyk

        Chorus master: Henryk Wojnarowski

        ANTONI WIT


        Symphony No.4 ‘Concertante’ for piano and orchestra, op.60

4      I      Moderato, tempo comodo                                                                

5      II     Andante molto sostenuto                                                                 

6      III   Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso                                       


        Jan Krzysztof Broja piano

        Warsaw Philharmonic — The National Orchestra of Poland

        Leader: Ewa Marczyk

        ANTONI WIT


            TV Producer: Tomasz Kronenberg

            Recorded live in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw (Poland), 19 November 2009


            © 2009 The Warsaw Philharmonic Foundation and The National Audiovisual Institute

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Martin Kendrick

“Here we have two splendid – perhaps definitive – performances of two of Karol Szymanowski’s greatest works, the... camera work is exemplary, with some fine shots from above the keyboard. Audio is rich and satisfying.”

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    Martin Kendrick

    “...Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic...give a finely graded, sensitively shaped performance. Rafał Bartmiński is an outstanding tenor with a wide range, and the chorus blends with an almost otherworldly sound, as it needs to in this kind of music. As a conductor, Wit alternates between small-scale, measured hand motions (usually supplicating upward from the floor rather than downward) and passionate side-to-side motion with outstretched arms waving, as if to push the orchestra in the direction he wants. ”


      Martin Kendrick

      “Wit captures the hothouse atmosphere of Szymanowski's Rumi-inspired Third Symphony and the folkloric inflections of the Fourth. Excellent soloists too in another outstanding film from the Warsaw Philharmonic.”

      BBC Music Magazine

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