Szabelski – Gorecki – Knapik on DUX
The old Olympia disc of Szabelski’s orchestral music (from Polskie Nagrania LPs) has been long out of print, so it is very exciting to see this new disc coming from DUX (it would have been even more exciting to see some previously unreleased pieces from Szabelski’s relatively small output, but I’ll settle for this). It contains new recordings of the Toccata (1936) and Concerto grosso (1954). After that comes the music of Szabelski’s student, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (not Mikołaj Górecki, as the DUX site would have us believe – that’s the name of H.M.Górecki’s son, who is also a composer): the under-appreciated and rarely heard Three Dances op. 34. Górecki’s music is followed by that of, in turn, his pupil, Eugeniusz Knapik. One of my two favorite “Stalowa Wola Generation” composers. His piece is the song cycle La flute de jade for soprano and orchestra (have never heard it). Performers are: Bożena Harasimowicz (soprano) and the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk. I must say I greatly appreciate the idea of building a disc around a teacher-student, generation-after-generation concept. Really looking forward to this.
(The catalog number is DUX 0732.)