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Karol Szymanowski (Composer)

Born: 3rd October 1882, Tymoshivka, Ukraine

Died: 29th March 1937, Lausanne, Switzerland

Nationality: Polish

Karol Maciej Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. He is considered a member of the late 19th-/early 20th-century modernist movement Young Poland and widely viewed as one of the greatest Polish composers.

The early works show the influence of the late Romantic German school as well as the early works of Alexander Scriabin, as exemplified by his Étude Op. 4 No. 3 and his first two symphonies.

Further Reading: Szymanowski

 Interview, Jennifer Pike on The Polish Violin

The violinist talks to Katherine about her new album of music by Wieniawski, Szymanowski, Karłowicz and Moszkowski, released last Friday on Chandos Records.

 Recording of the Week, Valery Gergiev and the LSO begin a cycle of Szymanowski symphonies

The richness of the London Symphony Orchestra’s string section is showcased to great effect in the tender, lyrical slow movements of both symphonies, whilst Gergiev responds to the music’s more volatile moments extremely well.

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