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Szymanowski Six Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess

Soprano Anu Komsi performs the solo in Szymanowski’s warmly expressive and folklore-inspired Six Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess. They were written for voice and piano, but are performed here in an arrangement by the composer himself and Sakari Oramo – who also leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

When Szymanowski wrote the suite Six Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess in 1915, it was with piano accompaniment. About fifteen years later, he arranged the first, second and fourth songs for orchestra. But Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Sakari Oramo thought it was unfortunate that not all six songs were available with orchestral accompaniment.

After obtaining permission from the highly esteemed music publisher Universal Edition, which released the songs, in classic form, Oramo shut himself away with notation paper and a pen and created new arrangements for the remaining three of Szymanowski’s six songs.

Sakari Oramo studied Szymanowski’s arrangements of the songs carefully. “It should sound a bit like a Polish village orchestra, where the role of the strings is more rhythmically accentuated, and not grandiosely symphonic,” he has said, simultaneously emphasising that Szymanowski is at his most personal in these songs. We hear the results here, with the phenomenal soprano virtuoso Anu Komsi as soloist. 

  • The music

  • Karol Szymanowski Six Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sakari Oramo conductor
  • Anu Komsi soprano
  • Recording from November 2015.
  • The video is approximately 20 minutes.