Friday, October 30, 2015


"Moniuszko offers not so much Chopin and Szymanowski’s missing link as amiable filler in the style of Schumann and Weber, while lacking any of those composer’s melodic inspiration. Excellently played." --BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 *****

"…this is attractive music that demonstrates both inspiration and craft... There is a lovely grace and elegance to much of this music, and Wit captures it with a lighter touch than others. The Warsaw Philharmonic is a front rank orchestra, and this music is in their blood. In sum, this is a delight." --Fanfare, May 2014

Stanisław Moniuszko was Poland’s leading opera composer in the 19th century, his work said to ‘bridge the gap between Chopin and Szymanowski’. His skill as a born melodist is apparent in the ‘beautiful and inspired’ overture to Paria, while the dramatic Halka was the work which brought him national acclaim. An affinity with Liszt’s tone poems can be heard in the substantial overture Bajka, while the scene for The Haunted Manor is set with an atmospheric Intrada.

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