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Górecki: Concerto-Cantata - Little Requiem for a Certain Polka - Three Dances - Harpsichord Concerto (Piano Version)

Anna Górecka, Carol Wincenc, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit

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"... a wonderful selection of this great composer’s not often heard orchestral music. The Warsaw Phil is obviously a definitive source for it."
- American Record Guide

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Małe requiem dla pewnej polki (Little Requiem for a Certain Polka), Op. 66  
1
I. Tranquillo
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
10:29
2
II. Allegro impetuoso - Marcatissimo
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
6:17
3
III. Allegro - Deciso assai
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
2:43
4
IV. Adagio cantabile
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
6:26
Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65  
5
I. Recitativo. Lento (quasi molto lento)
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Carol Wincenc; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
5:39
6
II. Arioso. Lento assai tranquillissimo - Cantabile - Dolce
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Carol Wincenc; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
4:36
7
III. Concertino. Allegro
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Carol Wincenc; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
5:02
8
IV. Arioso e corale. Lento - Tranquillo cantabile - Dolce
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Carol Wincenc; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
6:09
Harpsichord Concerto, Op. 40  
9
I. Allegro molto
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
3:46
10
II. Vivace marcatissimo
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Anna Górecka; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
4:00
Three Dances, Op. 34  
11
No. 1. Presto, marcatissimo
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
3:13
12
No. 2. Andante cantabile - Tranquillo
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
5:15
13
No. 3. Presto
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
5:57
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:32
"The fact that this disc contains world premiere recordings of the Concerto-Cantata and the Harpsichord Concerto in its piano-and-orchestra form makes this issue self-recommending."
- MusicWeb International

"Five Stars ... the Warsaw Philharmonic does it full justice, playing equally convincingly and intensely in the severe concentrated slow sections and the all-out loud and fast episodes. Carol Wincenc plays the prominent flute part expressively ... always riveting."
- BBC Music Magazine

Antoni Wit leads the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on these four works by Górecki, written between 1973 and 1993, which fully reflect the composer's expressive variety. Górecki's versatility is exemplified by the Little Requiem for a Certain Polka for piano and 13 instruments which combines a wide range of moods. The Concerto-Cantata, receiving its world premiere from flute soloist Carol Wincenc, alternates a moving vein of melancholy with a charged, violent energy. The radical, energetic Harpsichord Concerto is heard here in the version for piano and orchestra, performed by the composer’s daughter Anna.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Master

Recorded at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Poland, on 26th April, 2011 (tracks 11-13), on 28th April, 2011 (tracks 9-10), on 29th April, 2011 (tracks 1-4), and on 6th-7th September, 2011 (tracks 5-8)
Produced, engineered and edited by Andrzej Sasin and Aleksandra Nagórko (CD Accord)
Publishers: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers, Ltd. (tracks 1-8); Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne SA, Kraków (tracks 9-13)
Booklet notes: Richard Whitehouse
Cover: Zu Zweit by Milena Rehborn

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