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Szymanowksi: Complete Songs for Voice and Piano (Volume 2)

Reinild Mees, Juliana Gondek


SKU: 19398-2

Year of release: 2004

Bunte Lieder – Colourful Songs (Bulcke, Paquet, Faktor, Ritter, Huch) Op. 22 11:01
1. Einsiedel (The hermit) Szymanowski 02:02
2. Lied des Mädchens am Fenster (Song of the girl at the window) Szymanowski 02:45
3. An kleine Mädchen (For little girls) Szymanowski 02:25
4. Das hat die Sommernacht getan (That is what the summer night did) Szymanowski 01:59
5. Bestimmung (Destiny) Szymanowski 01:49
Pieśni muezina szalonego – Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin (Iwaszkiewicz) Op. 42 16:11
6. Allah, Allah Akbar (Allah Akbar) Szymanowski 02:40
7. O, ukochana ma! (O my beloved!) Szymanowski 01:55
8. Ledwie blask słońca (The barely golden sun) Szymanowski 02:56
9. W południe (At noon) Szymanowski 02:17
10. O tej godzinie (At this hour) Szymanowski 02:55
11. Odeszłaś w pustynię (You departed) Szymanowski 03:25
Seven Songs (James Joyce) Op. 54 10:20
12. Gentle Lady Szymanowski 01:48
13. Sleep now Szymanowski 01:31
14. Lean out of the window Szymanowski 01:06
15. My dove, my beautiful one Szymanowski 01:43
16. Strings in the earth Szymanowski 01:18
17. Winds of May Szymanowski 01:09
18. Rain has fallen Szymanowski 01:41
Pieśni Kurpiowski – Kurpian Songs, Op. 58 26:35
19. Lecioły zórazie (The cranes were flying) Szymanowski 01:49
20. Wysła burzycka (The storm has come) Szymanowski 01:55
21. Uwoz, mamo (Beware, mother) Szymanowski 02:09
22. U jeziorecka (By the lake) Szymanowski 02:25
23. A pod borem siwe kunie (Grey horses by the forest) Szymanowski 02:36
24. Bzicem kunia (Hurry the horse) Szymanowski 02:26
25. Ściani dumbek (Felled oak) Szymanowski 01:52
26. Leć, głosie, po rosie (Fly, my voice, over the dew) Szymanowski 01:45
27. Zarzyjze, kuniu (Neigh, horse) Szymanowski 03:08
28. Ciamna nocka, ciamna (Dark is the night, dark) Szymanowski 01:58
29. Wysły rybki, wysły (The fish are gone, gone) Szymanowski 01:56
30. Wsyscy przyjechali (All the folks have arrived) Szymanowski 02:31
Dans les prés fleuris (In the flowering meadows) 02:36
31. Dans les prés fleuris (In the flowering meadows) Szymanowski 02:36
Total time: 66:46

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 2 of the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano by Szymanowski.


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

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