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Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Stabat Mater [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0739
    UPC 822231173922

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

    Recorded live in DSD at the Barbican, December 2012 & March 2013


    Stereo FLAC 24 bit 96 kHz
    Stereo MP3 320 kbps

    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
    Sung in Polish, text in Polish with English translation

  • ICMA Nomination 2014: Best Collection

    La Clef du Mois ResMusica

    **** (max) Classica

    'Valery Gergiev leads the LSO and luxury-cast soloists in this irresistible album featuring Szymanowski's heady, perfumed Third Symphony and Stabat Mater.' Sinfini Music

    ‘Gergiev handles his forces with an expert hand and the work’s huge climaxes are unflinchingly delivered by the recording…Toby Spence impresses with his ardent delivery of the taxing tenor part and the well-drilled LSO chorus sing with admirable commitment …The Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev gives a typically athletic and powerful performance of the solo part while Gergiev and the LSO accompany with precision and panache … this disc is a timely reminder of Szymanowski’s position as one of the most individual composers of the 20th century and only increases one’s admiration for his unique style and sophisticated tonal palate.’ Classical CD Choice

    ‘The soloists leave little to be desired: Sally Matthews (her voice having latterly taken on an almost mezzo-like richness) and Ekaterina Gubanova combine most eloquently in their various duet passages, while Kostas Smoriginas exudes passion without undue histrionics. Gergiev directs with thoughtful attentiveness, and though the pauses between its six movements might have been minimized even further, the radiant transcendence of the fourth and final sections is never in doubt. It helps that the contribution of the London Symphony Chorus, audibly revitalized under Simon Halsey, galvanises this account to an extent seldom encountered outside of Polish readings, so ensuring the fusion of Renaissance and folk-inflected harmonies is not merely distinctive but blazes a trail right through to the present.’
    International Record Review

    ‘A hothouse performance of Symphony No. 3, where the tenor Toby Spence, the London Symphony Chorus and lush-sounding LSO all combine to capture the orientalist tone.’ BBC Music Magazine

    **** ‘LSO offers another in its stellar series of works by this essential composer … If you already have the equally impressive recording of the first two symphonies with Gergiev and London (also on LSO Live) this one is an essential addition.’
    Audiophile Audition

    ‘Gergiev’s orchestra and chorus are both splendid, as is Toby Spence as the tenor soloist …Matsuev excels in this music and his piano tone is crystal clear. The London Symphony play their part equally well with much orchestral detail coming through winningly.’
    Music Web International

    **** ‘Along with the First Violin Concerto, it [Third Symphony] represents the peak of the composer’s middle period, when he was heavily influenced by Debussy and Scriabin. Gergiev and the LSO revel in the rich tapestry of sound, while Toby Spence is impressively ecstatic in his high solo lines. Pierre Boulez may have coolly revealed every strand of Szymanowski’s orchestral texture, but Gergiev seems more in touch with the composer’s exotic world.’ Limelight


Valery Gergiev
London Symphony Orchestra

This second, star-studded instalment of Gergiev’s Szymanowski cycle features Toby Spence as soloist in the Third Symphony, ‘Song of the Night’ and internationally renowned pianist, Denis Matsuev in the virtuosic ‘Symphonie concertante’, Symphony No 4. Szymanowski’s deeply personal choral work, Stabat Mater, completes the cycle and stars Sally Matthews and Ekaterina Gubanova, and introduces the young baritone, Kostas Smoriginas to LSO Live listeners.

For decades Szymanowski’s music was rarely heard outside Poland. Today, he is recognised as one of Poland’s greatest musical figures. His desire to embody the music of his native land and his incorporation of the folkloric sounds of the Polish mountains make his orchestral works a must for anyone with an interest in Polish culture and music.

Watch the video trailer here

Supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Programme.

Composer   Szymanowksi
Conductors   Valery Gergiev, Simon Halsey
Performers   London Symphony Chorus,
London Symphony Orchestra
Soloists   Toby Spence, Denis Matsuev, Sally Matthews, Ekaterina Gubanova, Kostas Smoriginas

Track list
1. Symphony No 3: I. Moderato assai
2. Symphony No 3: II. Allegretto tranquillo
3. Symphony No 3: III. Largo
4. Stabat Mater: I. Stabat mater dolorosa
5. Stabat Mater: II. Quis est homo qui non fleret
6. Stabat Mater: III. O, Eia, Mater, fons amoris
7. Stabat Mater: IV. Fac me tecum pie flere
8. Stabat Mater: V. Virgo virginum praeclara
9. Stabat Mater: VI. Christe, cum sit hinc exire
10. Symphony No 4: I. Moderato – Tempo comodo
11. Symphony No 4: II. Andante molto sostenuto
12. Symphony No 4: III. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso

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