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The Art of Conduction

K&K 12

Pavel Przytocki

Katowice Schlesische Chamber Orchestra/Pavel Przytocki
Cracow Beethoven Academie Orchestra/Pavel Przytocki
K&K Verlagsanstalt KuK12 58m DDD
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This beautifully-recorded CD brings together two fine works in what can only be termed as superb interpretations by Polish orchestras. K&K are an extremely enterprising German label who have given us some outstanding recordings in the choral, organ and piano and genre from such wonderful locations as centuries old monasteries so their new attention to orchestral music is very commendable indeed.

Mozart's "Linz" is one of those works were a carefully nuanced approach reaps considerable dividends as the great Peter Maag amply demonstrated. Przytocki is a consummate interpreter bringing a beautiful lift to the First movement and a busy energy to the Finale which are two miraculously charged movements. He is also in his element in the lovely Serenade for Strings by Dvořák which dances around quite ravishingly especially in the bucolic scherzo.

Although this CD receives plaudits all around from me, there is little in the way of notes on the works which is a pity as otherwise it deserves a hearty recommendation. Otherwise the presentation is beautiful with large photographs and the distinctive K&K colours provide for a heady experience which is reinforced by the interpretations.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech

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