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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 review is from: Moniuszko: Overtures Vol. 1 [Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra] [Naxos: 8572716] (Audio CD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best available, 10 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Moniuszko: Overtures Vol. 1 [Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra] [Naxos: 8572716] (Audio CD)
Much more idiomatic performances of the overtures than you can find elsewhere, as you would perhaps expect, and lively recordings that suit the music. If you don't know Moniuszko, this is a great introduction to his melodious, inventive, well scored music: you can quickly see why he is considered, in Poland, the greatest Polish composer!!! (I agree!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars How about the recordings by Rowicki?, 26 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Moniuszko: Overtures Vol. 1 [Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra] [Naxos: 8572716] (Audio CD)
Happy to have this recording with works of Moniuszko. But still, the earlier Muza recordings made by Witold Rowicki with the National Philharmonic of Warsaw make my hair stand on end: those are unsurpassed. And what a great orchestra it was in those days (1964).The LP is a real companion in my musical life and the transfers to CD are good quality.
Try to get these on CD: Olympia OCD 386 (tracks 4-8 are with Rowicki conducting the Overtures to Halka and the Raftsman (Flis), the Fairy Tale, the Concert-Polonaise and the Mazur from Halka. The two CD-disc Rowicki commemorative edition on Muza gives Strazny Dwor (Haunted Manor), Halka Overture and Mazur, Concert-Polonaise. Also the celebrated recording of Wieniawski 2nd concerto with Wanda Wilkomirska and much more. Sound quality is fine.
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