Polish Music
Warner Classics 9029569978

Warsaw Philharmonic
Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
29 September 2017
Rel. 6 april 2018



  1. Krzysztof Penderecki (Dębica, 1933 - ) : Polonaise for orchestra (2015) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhOyl7XrWn4)
  2. Mieczysław Weinberg (Warsaw, 1919 - 1996) : Polish Melodies for orchestra Op. 47, No. 2 (1950)
    1. Adagio
    2. Andantino
    3. Allegro
    4. Allegro moderato
  3. Emil Młynarski (Kibarty, 1870 - Warsaw, 1935) : Symphony in F major, "Polonia" Op. 14 (1910)
    1. Andante. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Presto
    4. Moderato

When conceiving his Polonaise for orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki used the fantasia form, not unfamiliar to Chopin, which is based on a primary theme, which, as the piece progresses, is being developed, transformed and subjected to several different variations.
Richly orchestrated, it allows performers to create colours that overlap each other while influencing the overall musical expression. Spatiality is a very important aspect of this work as during its world premiere the wind instruments were placed on the balcony of the Warsaw Philharmonic's Concert Hall.
The composition could be called "the apotheosis of a polonaise" or, as the composer prefers, "a small symphonic poem on the theme of a polonaise".
Mieczysław Wajnberg's Polish Melodies for orchestra (Op. 47, No. 2) were written in 1950, during the biggest persecution of undesirable people in the Soviet Union.
Four pieces, based on Polish dances, express the composer's longing for his Warsaw period, as though a memory of a joyful youth.
Emil Młynarski's Symphony in F major is the second piece in the history of Polish music, alongside Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński's Characteristic Symphony in C minor, to feature the popular melody of Abośmy to jacy tacy.
Artfully built, the symphony it boasts rich orchestration and impressive use of color. It proves that Młynarski's understanding of the technical and expressive possibilities of an orchestra was impeccable."