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Szymanowksi: Complete Songs for Voice and Piano (Volume 1)

Reinild Mees, Piotr Beczała

Szymanowski

SKU: 19398-1

Year of release: 2004

Sześc pieśni, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Op. 2 (Six Songs) 13:10
1. Daleko został cały świat (The world is left far behind) Szymanowski 02:34
2. Tyś nie umarła (You are not dead) Szymanowski 01:52
3. We mgłach (In the mists) Szymanowski 01:47
4. Czasem, gdy długo na pół sennie marzę (Sometimes when long I drowsily dream) Szymanowski 02:24
5. Słyszałem ciebie (I heard you) Szymanowski 02:27
6. Pielgrzym (The pilgrim) Szymanowski 02:04
Trzy fragmenty z poematów Jana Kasprowicza Op. 5 (Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz) 17:05
7. Święty Boże (Holy God!) Szymanowski 06:27
8. Jestem i płaczę (I am and I weep) Szymanowski 05:25
9. Moja piesń wieczorna (My evening song) Szymanowski 05:12
Łabędź, Wacław Berent, Op. 7 (The swan) 03:34
10. Łabędź, Wacław Berent, Op. 7 (The swan) Szymanowski 03:34
Cztery pieśni, Tadeusz Micinski, Op. 11 (Four Songs) 09:46
11. Tak jestem smętny (Joyless I am) Szymanowski 03:18
12. W zaczarowanym lesie (In the enchanted forest) Szymanowski 02:20
13. Nade mną leci w szafir morza (Flying over me into the sapphire of the sea) Szymanowski 01:40
14. Rycz burzo! (Roar, storm!) Szymanowski 02:27
Piosenki Żołnierskie (Soldiers’ Songs) 05:53
15. Do dziewczyny (To a girl) Szymanowski 01:58
16. O zwiedzionym żołnierzu (The outsmarted soldier) Szymanowski 02:34
17. Wyszywała raz Hanka (Hanka was embroidering) Szymanowski 01:20
Idom se siuhaje dołu, śpiewajęcy – Young highlanders descend, singing 01:14
18. Idom se siuhaje dołu, śpiewajęcy – Young highlanders descend, singing Szymanowski 01:14
Fünf Gesänge Op. 13 (Five Songs) 12:10
19. Stimme im Dunkeln (Voice in the dark) Szymanowski 02:17
20. Christkindleins Wiegenlied (The Christchild’s lullaby) Szymanowski 03:12
21. Auf See (At sea) Szymanowski 01:50
22. Zuleikha (Suleika) Szymanowski 02:21
23. Die schwarze Laute (The black lute) Szymanowski 02:27
Trzy Pieśni, Dymitri Dawydowa, Op. 32 (Three Songs) 06:28
24. Как только восток (Sunrise) Szymanowski 01:55
25. Небо без звёзд (Starless sky) Szymanowski 02:13
26. Осеннее солнце (Autumnal sun) Szymanowski 02:19
Total time: 69:22

About this album

The physical product (4-CD box set) of this 2004 release has been out of stock for quite some time. We now offer the 4 discs for the first time digitally, as 4 separate albums. These download editions were released in June 2020. 

Each album features a different singer. Volume 1: Piotr Beczala (tenor), Volume 2: Juliana Gondek (soprano), Volume 3: Urszula Kryger (mezzosoprano), Volume 4: Iwona Sobotka (soprano). Pianist Reinild Mees accompanies each of the singers on all 4 albums.

You are now on the album page of Volume 1 of the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano by Szymanowski.

PIOTR BECZAŁA, tenor
REINILD MEES, piano

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI’S
SONGS IN LITERARY
AND MUSICAL CONTEXT
Romantic and German Influences
Changes in Szymanowski’s style and aesthetic
attitude are distinctly reflected in his rich legacy
of beautifully crafted vocal works, embracing songs
with piano or orchestral accompaniment, and
written as single compositions or cycles. Starting
within the tradition of the Romantic Lied, Szymanowski
went on to shape his individual idiom with
songs inspired by the exoticism of the Orient in his
middle period, and – towards the end of his life –
performed a spectacular about-turn leading to a
stylization of authentic folklore. Impulses stimulating
his creative imagination came from various
sources, as Szymanowski continued to work under
the influence of general philosophical ideas and
particular literary works. Poetry frequently became
the means of communication that supplemented his
musical expression, with poetical texts forming the
basis of musical works and revealing aesthetic tastes
of the composer, his system of values and his artistic
motivations. An examination of the poetic motifs of
the songs thus discloses numerous filiations between
the musical style and cultural backdrop of the period
in which Szymanowski’s creative personality took
shape. (…)

— Zofia Helman, University of Warsaw, Poland (excerpt from booklet liner notes)
[Reprinted from The Songs of Karol Szymanowski
and His Contemporaries
(Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, 2002)]

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Technical Specifications

Mastering EngineerC. Jared Sacks
EditingC. Jared Sacks
Recording Date1998
Recording LocationMuziekgebouw Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerC. Jared Sacks
ProductionC. Jared Sacks, Reinild Mees