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With Donald Macleod. Unable to take part in the war because of a childhood injury, Szymanowski retired to the Ukraine where he experienced one of his most productive periods.

Unable to take part in the war because of a childhood injury, Szymanowski retired quietly to the family estate in the Ukraine where he experienced one of his most productive periods, dipping into Islamic culture to produce his seductive and sumptuous Third Symphony and a work for violin and piano inspired by Greek legends. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Karol Szymanowski

    3 Songs [Davidov] Op.32

    Performer: Anna Radziejewska (mezzo soprano) Performer: Mariusz Rutkowski (piano)

    • Dux.
    • 0621.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Myths Op.30 for violin and piano

    Performer: Alina IBRAGIMOVA - Violin Performer: Cedric TIBERGHIEN - Piano

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-67703.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Symphony no. 3 Op.27 (The Song of the night) for high voice, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre BOULEZ Performer: Steve DAVISLIM - Tenor Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Choral Society Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • DG.
    • 477 8771.
    • 3 & 4.

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