CZESLAW MAREK (1891-1985): 4 Méditations, Op. 14, Capriccio, Op. 15, Sinfonietta in D, Op. 16, Sérénade for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 24 (Ingolf Turban [violin]), Suite for Orchestra, Op. 25, Sinfonia, Op. 28.
Catalogue Number: 09O053
Reference: GMCD 7360/1
Description: Very attractive late Romantic orchestral music arrives in this latest volume of reissues from original Koch International Classics recordings from the late 90s and early 00s. The single-movement, 32-minute symphony was Marek's entry for the 1928 Schubert centenary competition and you might find equal influences of Szymanowski, Myaskovsky, Bax and Schmitt. The Sinfonietta is the plushest, Richard Straussian in places while the suite is more Gallic in its light textures while the big, 31-minute, four-movement Sérénade has Delian qualities. 2 CDs. Philharmonia Orchestra; Gary Brain. Original 1996 and 1997 Koch Classics releases.