Paweł Szymański (born 28 March 1954 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish composer. When he was a student attending the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Szymański studied composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński. Paweł later studied under Roman Haubenstock-Ramanti as well as Tadeusz Baird. His music is based on strict technical discipline and the initial sound material of Szymański’s pieces has roots in past conventions but is always processed and composed from the beginning. Szymański himself talks of his music using the qualification “surconventionalism”. His style is similar to that of a neoclassical composer, but instead Szymański emphasizes past styles within his works. Many of his works also include influences from the baroque era as well as from Renaissance fantasias. He often modifies these classical styles of music until they become abstract and impressionistic.
Following an extraordinary 30th anniversary season spent touring the complete Beethoven string quartets to musical centers around the world, including Tokyo, Paris, London, Vienna and Salzburg, the Hagen Quartet went directly from stage to studio to record three of their favorite Beethoven quartets. With the selection of op. 18/3, 18/5, and op. 135, the album ranges from the very first to the very last string quartet Beethoven wrote.
It's simple: in his various realizations of the piano music of Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini set a standard that has yet to be bettered. This compilation, drawn from recordings made between 1966 and 1971, is consequently the best of the best. Ciccolini always played Satie's music as though it had been written by Claude Debussy, not by some cheap charlatan or uneducated primitive (which, to an extent that is still debatable, Satie was). The result is that these seemingly simple piano pieces acquire a tonal allure that is as surprising as it is undeniable. They possess an understated sophistication that points directly toward Ravel and Poulenc, at the same time providing an opening to the minimalist aesthetic of the later 20th century. Ciccolini's playing is pliant and graceful, and under his fingers the music seems to breathe and come alive. What more could a composer or a listener want? –Ted Libbey
35-CD super-budget limited edition box set the perfect way to build your library of essential listening!Comprehensive overview of the violin including concertos, sonatas and even encore pieces.Includes world famous artists such as Joshua Bell and Gidon Kremer.
A unique 8-CD collection comprising nine hours of the best loved classical music!
This Box-Set from the company Naxos could be called "Short Course of Classical Music" or "Music Encyclopedia." And indeed - the publication includes, perhaps, the most famous, popular, rumored and accessible even unprepared listener works, fully consistent with the company's philosophy: the provision of a wide range of good music, well-played and high-quality recorded, accessible to everyone. A great opportunity to discover this endless world of music, proven for centuries.
When the traffic outside’s going crazy, enjoy an easy ride with these relaxing classics. Fantasia on Greensleeves, O mio babbino caro, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, Méditation from Thaïs, Clair de lune, She Moved Through the Fair and more, including music by Mozart, Bach, Satie and Ravel.