Karol Szymanowski composed Sechs Lieder op. 31 in 1915 to accompany poems written by his sister Sophie, conjuring up the colourful, fantastical world of the fairy-tale princess.
He made orchestral versions of three of them in 1933; Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo has now orchestrated the other three, completing the cycle. First performance: 15 April.
Instrumentation: 2 1 2 1 - 2 2 0 0 - perc, pno, str
Karol Szymanowski/Sakari Oramo: Sechs Lieder op. 31
for high voice and orchestra
World première: 15/4/2012, Berlin
Anu Komsi, soprano
Deutsches SO Berlin, cond. Sakari Oramo