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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Serenade, Op. 2: I. March: Allegro moderato - Tempo di marcia - Trio: Meno mossoWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra 5:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serenade, Op. 2: II. Romance: Andante con motoWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra 6:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serenade, Op. 2: III. Waltz: Allegro moderato - Poco piu mosso - Tempo IWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serenade, Op. 2: IV. Finale: Allegretto non troppoWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra 3:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro moderatoIlya Kaler12:51Album Only
listen  6. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: II. Romance: AndanteIlya Kaler 9:02Album Only
listen  7. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: III. Finale: Vivace assaiIlya Kaler 7:27$0.89  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B004DIPLRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Described by Gramophone as a 'magician, bewitching our ears', Russian-born American-based violinist Ilya Kaler has won 1st Prizes and Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and the Paganini Competitions and made many acclaimed Naxos recordings. He is an

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Wilks on February 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
When music lovers are asked to name Polish composers, they are likely to respond with names such as Chopin, Gorecki, Moniuszko, Paderewski, Szymanowski, and Wieniawski. Compared with these, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909) is still virtually unknown, although he is slowly gaining recognition as a late-Romantic composer whose music deserves to be better known. His obscurity is owing partly to his premature death; at age 33 he was killed by an avalanche while he was skiing in the Tatra mountains. Earlier recordings of his music, especially his Violin Concerto, have been available for many years, but his works have scarcely gained a foothold in the repertory. This new CD from Naxos, which couples his Violin Concerto, Op. 8 with his Serenade, Op. 2, will hopefully help to bring the music of a sadly neglected composer to more concert-goers. Ilya Kaler delivers a warm and sympathetic performance of the Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit. The Serenade, Op. 2 also receives an excellent performance. The recorded sound quality is up to Naxos's usual high standards, and Richard Whitehouse's annotations are very informative. Lovers of music of the late-Romantic era owe a dept of gratitude to conductor Antoni Wit and Naxos for bringing to us the music of Karlowicz on several bargain-priced CDs, of which this is the most recent.
Heartily recommended - don't miss it!
Ted Wilks
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Godell on March 12, 2011
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It is always fascinating to watch a talented young composer develop and grow--and horribly tragic when that promise is not fulfilled due to an untimely death. Such was the case with Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. Born in present day Lithuania in 1876, he studied in Berlin and Leipzig. His instrument was the violin, but his passion was for composition. With each new piece he demonstrated an increased mastery of form and musical content, culminating in a cycle of six majestic symphonic poems, splendidly recorded on Naxos 8.570295 and 8.570452. Karlowicz's music was profoundly influenced by Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and even Sibelius--not to mention lesser lights such as Robert Volkman. Alas, he did not live long enough to fully throw off those diverse influences. An avalanche brought an abrupt end to his career during a skiing trip in the Tatras Mountains in 1909.

The Serenade, one of Karlowicz's earliest scores, is a pleasant, unpretentious work in four short movements lasting just over 22 minutes. The masterly string writing is quite impressive for a 21 year old music student. There is also a wealth of melodic invention, although Karolowicz rarely allows his ideas to blossom fully. With the impatience of youth he moves all too quickly and abruptly from one idea to the next. On this disc, the usually reliable Antoni Wit leads a lackluster performance that does little to obscure the seams between the score's various sections. Far more smoothly flowing and persuasive is the recording by the Berlin Chamber Symphony on the EDA label.

The Violin Concerto, completed less than five years after the Serenade, represents a quantum leap in the composer's development.
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