Thursday, November 13, 2008

What I am Listening to Today

Mieczysław Karlowicz

Tone Poems: Stanislaw and Anna Oswiecimowie. Lithuanian Rhapsody, Episode at a Masquerade

Naxos 8.570452 Warsaw Philharmonic Antoni Wit

What a loss Karlowicz (12/11/1876-2/8/1909) was to Polish music and to 20th century music in general. Similar in style to Szymanowski, Richard Strauss, Scriabin, and other turn of the century Europeans, his music is colorful, youthful, exuberant, yet polished and actually quite mature.

Karlowicz wrote a small amount of music including a Symphony a Violin Concerto and several atmospheric tone poems including the ones recorded on this album. He also wrote a number of songs for voice and piano. Sadly some of his small output was lost during WWII.

My introduction to Karlowicz, I look forward to more.

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