KAROL KURPINSKI (1785-1857): The Battle of Mozhaysk, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica".
Catalogue Number: 05Q040
Label: Narodny Instytut Fryderyka Chopina
Reference: NIFCD 039
Description: Don't scream about the coupling: where else are you going to get a fine example of the Battle Symphony so prevalent in the Napoleonic era? The young Kurpinski, in the heady months of independence after Napoleon set up the Duchy of Warsaw, rushed to write this celebration of the Frenchman's victory over the Russians at Borodino (Mozhaysk is 8 miles away but the Poles seem to have decided to use its name - after all, the French call it the Battle of Moscow). It's in seven pictorial sections: "Night", "Daybreak", "Sunrise", "Reading the Order of the Day", "Grand March", "Battle" and a reprise of the march. Much delightful tone-painting distinguishes the first three sequences while the battle sequences are second to none in this genre. Total timing of the Kurpinsky? 18:20. Orchestra of the 18th Century; Frans Brüggen.