Pierre Boulez's first ever Szymanowski recording comes in a lavish hard booklet with an in-depth essay on the Polish composer as well as background on Pierre Boulez's approach to his music, original illustrations and photo material. The new prestige edition also contains an additional CD with excerpts from the rehearsal of Symphony No. 3
as well as audio interviews with Boulez in French, English and German.
Pierre Boulez honours singular Polish composer Karol Szymanowski by recording – live – the Violin Concerto no. 1
and the Symphony no. 3 “Song of the Night”
. Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff and the Wiener Philharmoniker are peerless participants.
The two orchestral works are the high-water mark of Szymanowski’s impressionism, an idiom mingling the refined sonorities of Debussy, Ravel, and late Scriabin with the impassioned Romanticism of the New German School
Inspired by Persian poet Rumi, Szymanowski subtitled his Symphony no. 3 “Song of the Night”
after a poem by the 13th-century mystic. Emotional, even ecstatic music conveys the poem’s supernatural vision of night’s unravelling of the mystery of God