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M Gorecki * Lukaszewski: M Gorecki Concerto-Notturno. Divertimento Lukaszewski Lenten Music. Sinfonietta. Symphony of Providence-Adagietto

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M Gorecki * Lukaszewski: M Gorecki Concerto-Notturno. Divertimento Lukaszewski Lenten Music. Sinfonietta. Symphony of Providence-Adagietto

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M Gorecki * Lukaszewski

M Gorecki Concerto-Notturno (a). Divertimento tukaszewski Lenten Music.

Sinfonietta. Symphony of Providence--Adagietto

(a) Tomasz Tomaszewski vn

Baltic Neopolis Orchestra

Dux (F) DUX0855 (63' * DDD)

These modern Polish composers may not have songs in their hearts--at least ones of their own--but they certainly have rhythm, from charming syncopation to the outer limits of head-pounding mania, sometimes making that journey in a single movement. But for all its good intentions, fine playing and posh sound quality, this disc suffers from some questionable strategic decisions that significantly limit its appeal.

All five pieces inhabit the same strings-only Penderecki-esque sound world which can be monotonous, particularly in these performances by the apparently conductorless Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. Stronger leadership is needed to reveal what the music is trying to say. Pawel Lukaszewski's expressionistic Sinfonietta (it earns its name not from a light-hearted manner but movements of three minutes or less) is far more powerfully served by the Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra under Piotr Borkowski, in which the music's churning gestures have far more bite, punch and expressive range. …

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