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Moniuszko: Overtures Vol. 1 [Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra] [Naxos: 8572716]

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra , Stanisaw Moniuszko , Antoni Wit Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Stanisaw Moniuszko
  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00GK8P0TC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Bajka (The Fairy Tale): Overture13:24Album Only
Listen  2. Paria: Paria: Overture 9:42Album Only
Listen  3. Halka, Act 1: Mazurka: Halka: Overture 8:31Album Only
Listen  4. Verbum nobile: Overture 5:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Flis (The Raftsman): Overture 9:57Album Only
Listen  6. Hrabina (The Countess): Overture 8:56Album Only
Listen  7. Straszny dwor (The Haunted Manor): Intrada 4:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jawnuta: Overture 4:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nowy Don Kiszot, czyli Sto szalenstw (The New Don Quixote, or 100 Follies): Overture 7:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kochanka hetmanska: Overture 7:220.89  Buy MP3 

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Stanisaw Moniuszko was Poland's leading opera composer in the 19th century, and his work has been 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 its atmospheric Intrada.

Superbly performed by one of our most successful teams, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit raise the profile of one of Poland's best kept secrets in the first volume of this new complete edition.

One of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, Antoni Wit is professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2010 he won the annual award of the Karol Szymanowski Foundation for his promotion of the music of Szymanowski in his Naxos recordings.

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Ouvertures de Bajka, Flis, Hrabina, Straszny dwór, Flis... / Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Antoni Wit, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Overtures with a Verdian drive and some Liszt 7 Feb 2014
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This fantastic collection of overtures by the Polish opera composer Moniuszko totally eclipses the recording that was available around 20 years ago by CPO. That was my first encounter with this composer but that recording really didn't sparkle and the sound picture was very dull and flat. Not this one, the bass drum, especially in Flis is overwhelming, even a little too much for the living room. The first item, overture The Fairy Tale, is really Liszt combined with the drive of Schumann or Mendelssohn and could be called a tone poem. It's fantastic. And what a great performance, recording and enthusiasm by this orchestra and conductor. This seems to be volume 1 so another gorgeous 60 or so more minutes will follow. Wow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A national treasure 17 Mar 2014
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In Poland, Stanislaw Moniuszko is a national hero. Like Dvorak, he was able to retain the characteristic sound of his country's folk music in classical works, creating music that sounded distinctively Polish. Most of Moniuszko's composition are for the human voice; songs, cantatas, anthesm and especially operas.

This new release features ten opera overtures from "the Father of Polish Opera," and what a treat they are. Tuneful, straightforward, and full of energy -- to my ears they sounded like a blend of Weber, Suppe and Dvorak. And there's plenty of variety. some, like "The Hetman's Mistress" are real curtain-raisers, uptempo and sprightly. Others, like "the Raftsman" are quieter, setting the stage with long, languorous melodies of tender beauty. And almost all have slightly unusual chord progressions or rhythms that give them a distinctively Polish sound.

Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra are admirably suited to these works. Just as a Viennese orchestra instinctively knows how to add a little something to a Strauss waltz, this Polish orchestra knows what Moniuszko's referencing, and play it as it should be.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys mid-century romantic music -- especially opera.
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