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Concerto for Orchestra; Piano

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After the Second World War, the Polish composer Tadeusz Szeligowski settled in Poznan´, where he was instrumental in the formation of the Poznan´ Philharmonic and served as its first director. His Comedy Overture is a short, brilliantly orches

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Modestly rewarding music in decent performances June 13 2010
By G.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Polish composer Tadeusz Szeligowski (1896-1963) studied with Boulanger and Dukas and was a modestly important figure on the Polish scene in his day, composing quite a body of music for theatre and opera. The disc here doesn't exactly augur too well for a general revival, but Szeligowski's pleasant and often delectably harmonically spiced music is well worth hearing nonetheless.

The Comedy Overture is slight and the Polish Dances nothing more than pleasantly enjoyable. Things pick up a little with the Concerto for Orchestra, a nicely colored showcase for the Poznan players though hardly strikingly memorable. The piano concerto mixes influences of Stravinsky with impressionism and is quite attractive, and so is the lushly scored Nocturne, even if one fails to recall much of it after it's finished.

Performances are enthusiastic enough, even though the strings aren't quite as full-boodied or sublimely beautiful as one could have hoped. The soloist in the piano concerto, Bogan Czapiewski, is very good, however, providing playing of spirit, flair and power. The sound quality is good, and overall this is a modestly rewarding and interesting release without exactly managing to raise any deep interest in the rest of Szeligowski's music. Still definitely worth considering at the price.