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Karlowicz: Stanislaw & Anna Oswiecim / Lithuanian Rhapsody / Symphonic Poem / Eternal Songs


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listen  1. Odwieczne piesni (Eternal Songs), Op. 10: I. Song of Everlasting YearningBBC Philharmonic Orchestra10:46Album Only
listen  2. Odwieczne piesni (Eternal Songs), Op. 10: II. Song of Love and DeathBBC Philharmonic Orchestra10:42Album Only
listen  3. Odwieczne piesni (Eternal Songs), Op. 10: III. Song of Eternal BeingBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stanislaw and Anna of Oswiecim, Op. 12BBC Philharmonic Orchestra22:22Album Only
listen  5. Rapsodia litewska (Lithuanian Rhapsody), Op. 11: Lithuanian Rhapsody, Op. 11BBC Philharmonic Orchestra17:16Album Only


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  • Performer: Yan Pascal Tortelier
  • Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Yuri Torchinsky
  • Composer: Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
  • Audio CD (July 23, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000068PVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Anthony Hollingsworth on May 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is frequently said that had Mieczyslaw Karlowicz lived longer, he would have become among Poland's major composers (the same claim is made in regards to his Russian counterpart, Vasily Kalinnikov and Mikolajus Ciurlionis of Lithuania). Be that as it may, what we have is Karlowicz early example of his absorption of the melodic languages of Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Wagner, and Grieg. Yet, Karlowicz's style and craftsmanship shows him as an idiomatic, enterprising composer, quite pantheistic as often said. Pantheism is a doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material world and humanity are only manifestations. This is an opposite doctrine from Theism, which concludes that there is a "personal" God. His music, a bit like that of Ciurlionis, shows some spellbinding transcendental qualities within and while an avalanche accident in 1909 robbed him of what clearly was to become of and from him, his mark in the history and development of Polish music remains firmly intact and even enriched.

Curiously, the interest in Karlowicz and his music happens to be a rather recent development. In the 1980s, recordings of his music were sporadic and hard to find (the old recordings of his Symphony and Violin Concerto were no longer available for quite some time). A serious glimpse of his style and development was opportuned by the recordings of his symphonic poems, courtesy of Jerzy Salwarowski and the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (under the DUX Records label-reissued into CDs in 1993). In more ways than one, that album remains a milestone even in its day. Not to say that the performances and its recordings were states of the art, but the playing by all involved shows care and admiration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Duke on November 2, 2007
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In the composer's own words, "When I find myself alone on a precipitious summit... then I begin to dissolve into the surrounding spaces, I cease to feel like a separate individual, and am covered by the powerful, everlasting breath of eternity. ... Hours experienced in this half-conscious state are, so to say, a momentary return to non-existence; they give peace in the face of life and death, they tell of the eternal hope of dissolution in the universe."
I didn't order this CD; it simply appeared unexpectedly as part of my recent order. I can't thank the person who tucked it into my order enough! What a discovery! For anyone who's ever had a deep spiritual awakening (and I don't mean "religious"), and felt forever changed by it, Karlowicz's Eternal Songs will return you to that beautiful state of being. What a gift his music is! And for him to have been swept to his death in an avalanche - so tragic, yet perhaps the eternal laid claim to his young soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2010
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Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909) died young (in a mountain hiking accident), but his extant oeuvre is sufficient to establish him as one of the more notable composers of his age. Eschewing the nationalistic spirit prevalent among Polish composers at the time, Karlowicz adopted a late romantic, powerful and perfumed musical language more than anything redolent of Richard Strauss, with audible influences from Wagner, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and others. This is music of heaven-storming, chromatic drama, colors and huge climaxes, and it is remarkably accomplished and effective. Apart from a violin concerto and some songs, he had a penchant for Straussian symphonic poems (his so-called Revival Symphony is as much a symphonic poem as a symphony), and his contributions to the genre are indeed impressive and valuable.

"Eternal Songs" is cast in three movements and based on somewhat pretentious philosophical ideas (Schopenhauer) rather than a genuine narrative and in the spirit of Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra. The music is sumptuous and powerful, ebbing and flowing with soaring solo lines and particularly interesting climaxes in the low brasses. If it isn't a masterpiece, it is at least a genuinely interesting and enjoyable work that deserves the kind of splendid performance it receives here.

A darkly twisted version of the Romeo and Juliet theme, the symphonic poem "Stanislaw and Anna Oswiecim" must surely be one of the most desperately tragic and dark works of music I have heard.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Cornell on February 23, 2014
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Entertaining and pleasant music, but not in the essential category. The composer died rather young and perhaps had not found his unique voice yet. Still, these can be recommended for those interested in going beyond the familiar repertoire.
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