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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.

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Recording of the Week, Krystian Zimerman performs piano music by Szymanowski

The Polish pianist offers a selection of pieces by his compatriot, in performances that are often highly idiosyncratic yet always thoughtful, intelligent, and full of staggering technical and expressive mastery.

Interview, Jakub Józef Orliński on Farewells

The Polish countertenor discusses his new album of songs by his compatriots, why he thinks his native language is 'a big, beautiful playground' for singers, and how his friendship with pianist Michał Biel began with 'a story of rejection!'.

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