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Szymanowski: Stabat Mater [Lucy Crowe, Pamela Helen Stephen, Edward Gardner] [Chandos: CHSA 5123] Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Composer: Karol Szymanowski
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00E5NXQM2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Stala matka bolejaca (Mother, wowed with grief appalling)Lucy Crowe 6:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: I ktoz widzac tak cierpiaca (Is there any, tears withholding)Lucy Crowe 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: O Matka, zrodlo wszechmilosci (Love's sweet fountain, Mother tender)Lucy Crowe 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Spraw, niech placze z Toba razem (In Thy keeping, watching, weeping)Lucy Crowe 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Panno slodka, racz mozolem (Maid immaculate, excelling)Lucy Crowe 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Chrystus niech mi bedzie grodem (May His sacred cross defend me)Lucy Crowe 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 1: Redyk (Driving the sheep)Robert Murray 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 1: Scena mimiczna, "zaloty" (Mimic Scene, "Courtship")Robert Murray 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 1: Marsz zbojnicki (The Tatra Robbers' March)Robert Murray 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 1: Scena mimiczna, "Harnas i Dziewczyna" (Mimic Scene, "The Harnas and the Girl")Robert Murray 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 1: Taniec zbojnicki - Final (The Tatra Robbers' Dance - Finale)Robert Murray 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Wesele (The Wedding)Robert Murray 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Cepiny (Entry of the Bride)Robert Murray 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Piesn siuhajow (Drinking Song)Robert Murray 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Taniec goralski (The Tatra Highlanders' Dance)Robert Murray 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Napad harnasiow - Taniec (Raid of the Harnasie - Dance)Robert Murray 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Harnasie, Op. 55: Tableau 2: Epilog (Epilogue)Robert Murray 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Lucy Crowe, soprano - Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano - Gabor Bretz, baryton - Robert Murray, ténor - BBC Symphony Chorus - BBC Symphony Orchestra - Edward Gardner, direction


This is Edward Gardner's seventh disc of 20th-century Polish music for Chandos, and arguably the most valuable. Completed in 1931, the choral ballet Harnasie is late Szymanowski and one of his finest achievements, though even now, when much of his orchestral music is heard more often in western Europe than it used to be, it's rarely performed in concert halls. In the final years of his life, Szymanowski immersed himself in Polish folk music and Harnasie was one of the results. For me, it's a good deal more convincing than the cosmetic modernism of works such as the Third Symphony and First Violin Concerto; the influences, especially of Stravinsky and early Bartók, fit unself-consciously with the folk inflections and the bold, primary colours of the scoring. Gardner's performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra vividly captures that earthy, unbuttoned spontaneity and the rhythmic drive of the music; his account of the other major work of Szymanowski's final period, the Stabat Mater, is just as convincing. ***** --Guardian, 24/10/13

This is Szymanowski making his mark as the voice of new Polish music in the 20th century, the score's folk elements, piquant harmonies,athletic rhythms and vibrabt orchestration all brought together here in a performance alert to the shifts of scene and mood but maintaining a grip on dramatic cohesion. --Gramophone, Oct'13

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A stunning performance by choir, soloists and orchestra captured with clarity and accuracy by the sound engineers. This wonderfully romantic music will stir even the most earth-bound soul.
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