Szeligowski – Concerto for Orchestra

Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland.

“Szeligowski – Concerto for Orchestra”

NAXOS International, October 2007


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Music by Tadeusz Szeligowski
The Poznań Philharmonic plays its best, led here with terrific energy by Mariusz Smolij. This conductor must be especially comfortable with the musical esthetics of the neo-classical style. He proves that also in a very good CD with music by Panufnik that he recorded for Naxos with the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Szeligowski's recordings are extremely lively and bring out the best out of that forgotten music. This CD should be in collections of every curious music lover, a real finder, highly recommended.
Adam Suprynowicz, Ruch Muzyczny, Warsaw, Poland
Tadeusz Szeligowski, Poznań Philharmonic, Smolij
Once again, Naxos is to be praised for making virtually unknown music available to the masses in excellent performances on this CD. The Poznań Philharmonic is a top-notch ensemble. Smolij makes excellent case for this music.
R. Tuttle, Classical Net, www.classical.net, California, USA
Tadeusz Szeligowski, Poznań Philharmonic, Poland
The Poznań Philharmonic, under the direction of Mariusz Smolij performs Szeligowski's music in mastery manner. The pianist, B. Czapiewski dazzles with both his technique and his sound. The recording proves how beautifully forgotten music can sound. CD for everyone interested in Polish culture and music. Highly recommended.
A. Jędrasik, Nasz Dziennik, Warsaw, Poland


Impassioned performance
The Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariusz Smolij delivers impassioned performances of everything, and soloist Bogdan Czapiewski plays up a storm in the piano concerto.
Bob McQuiston, Classical Lost and Found, USA
A fascinating snapshot
The Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra under its leader Mariusz Smolij is obviously a fine band of players. They prove excellent advocates for the music of Poznań’s first musical son. The Auditorium of the Adam Minkiewicz University provides a warm yet clear acoustic which is very well caught by the recording engineers. For anyone interesting in filling the gap between Szymanowski and Lutosławski in Polish music, this CD provides a fascinating snapshot. Here is a composer who often betrays his influences more than revealing a truly original voice. However, he proves to be an excellent craftsman of agreeable and very digestible music.
Derek Warby, MusicWeb International, Loughton, Essex, U.K.
Tuneful 20th century music
The Poznan play with the passion you would expect in world premier recordings of their founder; Bogdan Czapiewski enjoys the technical challenge of the concerto, and there are many small orchestral solos of real quality. In the early days of LP, we would have described it as ’an empty swimming bath’ recording, but your ears quickly adjust, and I strongly recommend it to all who enjoy tuneful 20th century music.
David Denton, David’s Review Corner, U.K.
Masterly direction
The music selections on this CD, can be viewed as shortened history of Polish nation described in the universal language of music. The narration is compelling not only because of Szeligowski’s works by also thanks to interpretative skills of the Poznań Phiharmonic under the masterly direction of Mariusz Smolij.
Moozik Bloog, Warsaw, Poland.