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  • Orchestra: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Stanislaw Moniuszko
  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00GK8P0TC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Digital Chips on March 17, 2014
Format: Audio CD
In Poland, Stanislaw Moniuszko is a national hero. Like Dvorak, he was able to retain the characteristic sound of his country's folk music in classical works, creating music that sounded distinctively Polish. Most of Moniuszko's composition are for the human voice; songs, cantatas, anthesm and especially operas.

This new release features ten opera overtures from "the Father of Polish Opera," and what a treat they are. Tuneful, straightforward, and full of energy -- to my ears they sounded like a blend of Weber, Suppe and Dvorak. And there's plenty of variety. some, like "The Hetman's Mistress" are real curtain-raisers, uptempo and sprightly. Others, like "the Raftsman" are quieter, setting the stage with long, languorous melodies of tender beauty. And almost all have slightly unusual chord progressions or rhythms that give them a distinctively Polish sound.

Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra are admirably suited to these works. Just as a Viennese orchestra instinctively knows how to add a little something to a Strauss waltz, this Polish orchestra knows what Moniuszko's referencing, and play it as it should be.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys mid-century romantic music -- especially opera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nick, max on September 26, 2014
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Happy to have this recording with works of Moniuszko. But still, the earlier Muza recordings made by Witold Rowicki with the National Philharmonic of Warsaw make my hair stand on end: those are unsurpassed. And what a great orchestra it was in those days (1964).The LP is a real companion in my musical life and the transfers to CD are good quality.
Try to get these on CD: Olympia OCD 386 (tracks 4-8 are with Rowicki conducting the Overtures to Halka and the Raftsman (Flis), the Fairy Tale, the Concert-Polonaise and the Mazur from Halka. The two CD-disc Rowicki commemorative edition on Muza gives Strazny Dwor (Haunted Manor), Halka Overture and Mazur, Concert-Polonaise. Also the celebrated recording of Wieniawski 2nd concerto with Wanda Wilkomirska and much more. Sound quality is fine.
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Of the ten overtures by Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819- 72) recorded by Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra , Track 8 overture from the comic opera Jawnuta receives it's only second recorded Performance. The first
Recording of the overture and the fascinating gypsy dances was issued on the Polish Label Muza LO 209 in the mid -fifties with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki, while the last two Tracks ' The New Don Quixote' and ' The Hetmqn Mistress' also very fascinating works , as far as I am concern, are receiving it's first
Recordings ever. The performances of these overtures are distinguished . The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and
It's conductor Antoni Wit knows and loves this music and these sparkling performances will be fully enjoyed once you start listening to it. The overture from the opera ' Hrabina' ( The Countess) is the Highlight of this recording.
Hrabina' was composed in1859 and received it's first performance in February 1860. Ittakes the form of a satire on the division in Polish Society at the start of the nineteenth century, contrasting those who followed and spoke French
With patriots who cared deeply about traditional national dress and customs. A witty libretto prompted Moniuszko to
Write delightful , relaxed music, full of memorable themes. The overture incorporates a song popular during the 1830
-1 November uprising and clearly presents the two divergent attitudes in Polish Society . These contrasts introduced in the overture are fully developed in the opera , it's simple song and polonaise set against coloratura arias and
Cosmopolitan ballet scenes. Despite it's unmistacably patriotic tones and national sentiments , Hrabina is essentially a comic opera , albeit one or more consequence than the average opera buff a. The digital sound is excellent and I recommend this recording to lovers of great operatic ovetures. A
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