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The Crisis Years

After the October Revolution of 1917, Szymanowski returned to Warsaw, now the capital city of an independent Poland, but he struggled to find a place in the nation's regeneration.

The October Revolution of 1917 resulted in the destruction of Szymanowski's family estate in the Ukraine. Returning to Warsaw, now the capital city of a newly independent Poland, Szymanowski struggled to find a place for himself in the nation's regeneration. Feeling undervalued, he looked to the international community to disseminate his music. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Piesni muezina szalonego Op.42, arr. composer for voice and orchestra

    Conductor: Robert SATANOWSKI Performer: Barbara ZAGORZANKA - Soprano Performer: Polish National Opera Orchestra

    • MUSICA MUNDI.
    • CD 314-001.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    King Roger [Krol Roger] - opera Op.46

    Conductor: Simon RATTLE Conductor: Simon RATTLE Performer: Elzbieta SZMYTKA - Soprano Performer: Philip LANGRIDGE - Tenor Performer: Thomas HAMPSON - Baritone Performer: City Of Birmingham S O. Performer: City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

    • EMI.
    • 5568232.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Concerto no. 1 Op.35 for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Simon RATTLE Performer: Thomas ZEHETMAIR - Violin Performer: City Of Birmingham S O.

    • EMI.
    • CDC5556072.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Slopiewnie [Word songs] Op.46b vers. for soprano & orch.

    Conductor: Leon BOTSTEIN Performer: Zofia KILANOWICZ - Soprano Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • TELARC.
    • CD-80567.

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