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Very much Bravo and Thumbs Up,
This review is from: Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Concert Overture (Audio CD)
If it happens to be that you're new to the sensuousness of Szymanowski's music I can only hope you'll buy this CD, because it's the best possible introduction to this world. If you happen to know something of this music, like me, it's time to get rid of my older CD's with Szymanowski's music - although Simon Rattle did a good job for the man on EMI - the Chandos' recording quality and the orchestral playing is far more superior. The piano in the 4th symphony is more balanced as an additional instrument than, for instance, on Antoni Wit's Naxos recording, and I like that, it's a symphony and not a piano concerto. (Although the piano player has lots to do.) The Concert Overture is Strauss (Richard) at it's extreme. Kind of expressionistic extremism in 10 minutes. Love it. The Chandos SACD's in this (until now small Polish Music Series) are worth every penny or Eurocent, but if you really want to have a bargain option, go for the Wit/Naxos ones. I only hope that Chandos takes the time and will find the money to record (somewhat) more obscure Polish composers worth the price: Tadeusz Baird; Emil Mlynarski; Roman Palester; Boleslaw Szabelski to name but a few. In the past they did a very good job for Karlowicz and Tansman, so why not.
And a warning: do never ever buy the CD with Boulez and the Wiener Philharmoniker with the 3rd symphony on it. It's a real miss - see review - wait for the Chandos one! And by the way expensive too.