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listen  1. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Stala matka bolejaca (Stabat mater dolorosa)Ewa Marciniec 7:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: I ktoz widzac tak cierpiaca (Quis est homo qui non fleret)Ewa Marciniec 2:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: O Matka, zrodlo wszechmilosci (Eia Mater, fons amoris)Ewa Marciniec 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Spraw, niech placze z Toba razem (Fac me tecum pie flere)Ewa Marciniec 3:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Panno slodka, racz mozolem (Virgo virginum praeciara)Ewa Marciniec 2:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stabat Mater, Op. 53: Chrystus niech mi bedzie grodem (Christe, cum sit hinc exire)Ewa Marciniec 4:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Veni Creator, Op. 57Iwona Hossa10:17Album Only
listen  8. Litania do Marii Panny (Litany to the Virgin Mary), Op. 59: Dwunastodzwieczna cytaroIwona Hossa 4:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Litania do Marii Panny (Litany to the Virgin Mary), Op. 59: Jak krzak skarlalyIwona Hossa 5:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Demeter, Op. 37bEwa Marciniec 7:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Penthesilea, Op. 18Iwona Hossa 6:46$0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Performer: Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
  • Orchestra: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Composer: Karol Szymanowski
  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001DELX9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Karol Szymanowski' Stabat Mater, set to a Polish translation of the medieval poem, makes extensive use of traditional Polish musical ideas. His setting of the Veni Creator was composed for the opening of the Warsaw Academy of Music, of which he was t

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Nadel on June 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Polish composer Karol Szymanowski is sadly under-represented in the recorded catalog, especially as his Stabat Mater deserves to stand alongside the greatest choral works of the last 100 years, including works by Vaughan Williams, Durufle, Poulenc, Pizzetti, Martin, Part, Tavener, and others.

Szymanowski's Stabat Mater is often cited as his greatest work, with good reason, and is usually included with his Veni Creator and Litany to the Virgin Mary. I am familiar with six recordings of his Stabat Mater: two on EMI (Rattle and Wit), one on Chandos, a live recording on Profil, and two on Naxos (Stryja and Wit). They are all very good performances, but of those six, I much prefer this latest recording on Naxos conducted by Antoni Wit.

In his latest recording, Polish conductor Wit provides the more nuanced and full-blooded performance, with idiomatic and fresher sounding soloists, the Warsaw Philharmonic (where he is music director) and excellent sound quality. What comes across better than any of the rivals, except perhaps Rattle, is a sense of mystery not just tragedy.

The subject of Mary standing pitiably at the cross has been treated by many composers. Because of its subject matter, it provides the composer a canvas upon which to represent the most poignant emotions. Through Szymanowski's work, we experience the most subtle of emotional contrasts, confronting the listener with mystery, urgent helplessness, anguish, and resignation - not simply sadness. I highlight that, because it is those subtleties which elevate this work and distinguish Wit's Naxos performance. I can understand why Naxos offers this recording, even though they recorded the same program years earlier.
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