Karol Szymanowski

Born 6 October 1882. Died 28 March 1937.
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Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 4

Stephen Johnson explores music by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski.

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Biography

Karol Maciej Szymanowski (6 October 1882 – 28 March 1937) was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century.

His oeuvre has been divided into three periods.[citation needed] The first shows the influence of the late Romantic German school as well as the early works of Alexander Scriabin, as exemplified by his Étude Op. 4 No. 3 and his first two symphonies. Later, he developed an impressionistic and partially atonal style, present in such works as the Third Symphony and his Violin Concerto No. 1. His third period was influenced by the folk music of the Polish Górale region, as in the ballet Harnasie, the Fourth Symphony, and his sets of Mazurkas for piano.

He was awarded the highest national honors, including the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and other, including foreign, distinctions.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Complete Music for Violin & Piano (feat. violin: Alina Ibragimova, piano: Cedric Tiberghien

    The Complete Music for Violin & Piano (feat. violin: Alina Ibragimova, piano: Cedric Tiberghien 2009

    Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner
    Extraordinary technique and powers of expression in glorious audio technicolour.
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