Karol Szymanowski

Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Violinist Nicola Benedetti — Dionysian Zest

January 20, 2023
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In the hands of some, Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto can be tame and traditional. As conducted by Karina Canellakis, and performed by the BSO and violinist Nicola Benedetti, the piece came off as bold, colorful, and urgent.

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Classical CD Reviews: Gerstein plays Busoni, Josefowicz plays Zimmermann, and Vähälä plays Szymanowski

February 4, 2019
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Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s take on Busoni is exhilarating; the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves the forceful music of composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and violinist Elina Vähälä does right by Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto.

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Concert Review: Charles Dutoit and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Triumph with “King Roger”

March 11, 2015
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The BSO’s captivating performances of King Roger received unanimous rave reviews from the local press, to which I add mine.

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