Warsaw Philharmonic Archive
PENDERECKI: A Sea of Dreams Did Breathe on Me – Olga Pasichnyk, sop./Ewa Marcienic, mezzo/Jaroslaw Bręk, bar./ Warsaw Philharmonic Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Orch./ Antoni Wit – Naxos
Absolutely atmospheric settings from this ever-adapting master.
DVORAK: Requiem – Christian Libor, sop/Ewa Wolak, alto/ Daniel Kirch, tenor; Janusz Monarcha, bass/Warsaw Philharmonic Orch. & Choir/ Antoni Wit – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray
One of only two hi-res surround versions of this lovely work.
PENDERECKI: “Works” = Polymorphia; Anaklasis; Fluorescences; Tren; Intermezzo; Kosmogonia – Antoni Wit, cond. – Naxos (double vinyl)
Some historic works given fine performances and great sound!
* BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem – Christiane Libor, sop./ Thomas E. Bauer, bar./ Warsaw Philharmonic Orch. and Choir/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray
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A milestone in recorded art for this work, and audio fans in particular will have to have it.
PENDERECKI: Piano Concerto ‘Resurrection’; Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra – Barry Douglas, p./ Lukasz Dlugosz, flute/ Warsaw Philharmonic Orch./Antoni Wit – Naxos
Piano and flute concertos by the Polish master Krzysztof Penderecki continue his integration of avante-garde and Romantic styles, with dramatic results.
MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG: Symphony No. 8 – Soloists /Warsaw Philharmonic Orch. & Choir/ Antoni Wit – Naxos
World premiere recording of this odd, but interesting masterwork.
PENDERECKI: Fonogrammi; The Awakening of Jacob; Anaklasis; De natura sonoris I; Partita; Horn Concerto, ‘Winterreise’ – Soloists /Warsaw Philharmonic/Antoni Wit – Naxos
A rewarding collection of some of Penderecki’s smaller works revisits traditions.
If the performances were as excellent as the documentary, this disc would be something.
LEOS JANACEK: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta – Soloists/ Jaroslaw Malanowicz, organ/ Warsaw Philharmonic Choir/ Warsaw Philharmonic/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Blu-ray
One of the two November audio-only Blu-ray releases from Naxos.
Some uncomplicated but very pleasant thoughts; worth a listen.
KAROL SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 – Ewa Marczyk, violin solo/ Marek Marczyk, viola solo/ Warsaw Philharmonic/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Audio-only Blu-ray
The opening movement is full of sensual passion and power, and seems to show the influence of Scriabin, while its grandiose sound may remind one of Mahler.
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1; Fantasia on Polish Airs; Krakowiak – Eldar Nebolsin, p./ Warsaw Philharmonic/ Antoni Wit – Naxos Blu-ray CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2; Variations; Grande Polonaise – Nebolsin/Warsaw – Naxos Blu-ray
The latest in Naxos’ continuing series of audio-only Blu-ray releases were recorded in Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall in 2009.