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The Symphonies and other Orchestral Works Box set


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  • Orchestra: National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B008DWG0CY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 5 - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
2. Arche 1 - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
3. Dynamis 1 - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
4. Dynamis 2 - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Disc: 2
1. Andante Con Moto - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
2. Allegro Con Grazia - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
3. Adagio - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
4. Passacaglia - Allegro Moderato - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Moderato - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
2. Allegretto - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
3. Lento - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
4. Tempo I - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Magnus Dominus Et Laudabilis Nimis - Various Performers
2. Si Oblitus Fuero Tui, Jerusalem - Various Performers
3. De Profundis - Various Performers
4. Si Oblitus Fuero Tui, Jerusalem - Various Performers
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Disc: 5
1. Nachts - Various Performers
2. Ende Des Herbstes - Various Performers
3. Bei Einer Linde - Various Performers
4. Flieder - Various Performers
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Antoni Wits ongoing cycle of Penderecki orchestral works is yet another of those truly outstanding Naxos projects thats unlikely to get the attention it deserves. The music isnt easy, or popular, but Wit is a marvelous conductor in this repertoire, and his unfailingly intense and idiomatic performances look to become the standard by which all others will be judged.

David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2013
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Two 'z's and 'k's: the very name means business, bespeaks authority. An all digital bargain set of 5 discs conducted by Naxos stalwart and Polish music specialist, Antoni Wit. The vivid toothpaste blue of the box makes a bold statement and it certainly stands out on the shelf next to the other P composers. Still, isn't Naxos slumming it a bit with a quote from DH on the back? I always think of him as that bloke standing in line behind Woody Allen in the movie Annie Hall (only instead of Fellini it's Simon Rattle getting a drubbing). At the super budget price you could hardly do better, but there are composer-conducted sessions available on EMI and Wergo so presumably they carry even more authority.

Penderecki is one of several composers who did their difficult music bit early and then moved onto more traditional/approachable sounds, presumably to prove they could be as provocative as any in the post-Boulez generation but would prefer to make music for people with ears. Think of Arvo Part, Henryk Gorecki, even Einojuhani Rautavaara. Lutoslawski. I've turned my attention lately to the Polish voices - Lutoslawski, Kilar, Penderecki - and felt most drawn to the latter. Having said that, this is pretty sombre stuff. 'I am a serious person' music.

The Christmas Symphony speaks of wintry blasts and the slaughter of the first born, rather than yuletide cheer. Symphony No.8, built of lieder settings, described by Naxos as about the cycles of death, decay and rebirth, is a dismal teutonic dish which had me longing for the warmer humanity of Szymanowski. The oratorio-like 7th ( 'Seven gates of Jerusalem' ) has a livelier blend of choral and solo singing, oustandingly committed, but I did wonder about the shaping of the music as well as the designation 'symphony'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction with standard recordings to a contemporary voice 29 May 2013
By Joel Valkila - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Krzysztof Penderecki (s. 1933) would be the choice for many people as the greatest living 21st century symphonist. This boxed set gives a good idea of his symphonic oeuvre since it contains the symphonies completed by the composer until now. It should be noted that this box doesn't contain the 'mysterious' Symphony No. 6 which the composer has been writing for several years already. Although the first symphony is fairly radical in style, already the 2nd symphony has a fairly 'conservative' touch. In general, Penderecki's symphonic oeuvre seem to be related to that of Shostakovich. The last two symphonies contain vocal elements, which might also bring Mahler into mind.

The recordings of the symphonies are conducted by the Polish conductor Antoni Wit, who had the privilege of studying composition with the composer himself. All in all, Penderecki's works are marked by unquestionable quality and craftsmanship. Probably these recordings will be very much listened in the decades to come.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This box could have been so much more 27 Feb. 2014
By AGM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
NAXOS merely took 5 existing CDs and popped them into a garishly attractive box, rather than think through and compile a true box set. Such a box set would have mixed larger and smaller works, earlier and later, and placed the symphonic work in their designated order. That would have befitted this composer and been influential in attracting new listeners. Instead, we get a pre-packaged group of 5 CDs. Oh well, another missed opportunity. The music? Earlier is the better I think, but it is all strong enough to warrant listening, and Wit does all that is desired with these pieces.
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