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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 15 - Zarzycki, Mlynarski / Ugorski

Mlynarski / Zarzycki / Dworzynski/ Bbc Scottish
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67990   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Emil MlynarskiAleksander Zarzycki
Performer:  Eugene Ugorski
Conductor:  Michal Dworzynski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series, we journey to Poland (in the company of a conductor from that country) for two concertos by Miynarski and two works for violin and orchestra by Zarzycki (who will be familiar to Romantic Piano Concerto collectors).

Lithuanian-born Emil Miynarski was the father-in-law of Artur Rubinstein and was appointed director of the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1900. He had a busy international conducting career which included the LSO in London, the Scottish Orchestra and the Philadelphia Grand Opera company. His Violin Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 11, dedicated to Leopold Auer, was written in 1897 and won a prize in the Paderewski Composition Competition. Miynarski takes as
Read more his models the virtuoso works of Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski, and the main mood is a fresh, youthful lyricism. Surprisingly, after its initial success, this Concerto was not played again until Piotr Plawner took it up in 2011. His Violin Concerto No 2 was premiered by the Warsaw Philharmonic in April 1920, with Pawel Kochanski as soloist and Miynarski conducting. The concerto has remained in the repertoire of Polish violinists.

Like most Polish composers, including Chopin and Miynarski, Zarzycki also wrote pieces in the form of the krakowiak, a fastish 2/4 dance from the Krakow region. It became popular in Vienna as the Krakauer, and in Paris as the Cracovienne. The Introduction et Cracovienne in D major, Op 35, was well liked by violinists in Zarzycki’s own time but amazingly was not recorded until the CD era. The Mazurka on the other hand is the composer’s best-known work and was recorded by Oistrakh, amongst others.

R E V I E W:

Hyperion's series on the Romantic Violin Concerto has reached Vol. 15, and the subjects of this installment are fairly obscure works by Emil Mlynarski and Aleksander Zarzycki, two Polish composers whose music reflects the late Romantic style dominant at the turn of the 20th century. Mlynarski's two violin concertos, in D minor and D major, respectively, were composed in the vein of Brahms and Dvorák, and they show no formal or technical innovations, though the writing is competent and pleasant for its melodies. Zarzycki's Introduction et cracovienne and the Mazurka are concerto-like display pieces that enliven the program with more sparkling solo writing than is found in the concertos, and the overt influence of Polish folk music gives them a festive feeling. Violinist Eugene Ugorski plays with buoyant energy and a bright sound, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Michal Dworzynski provides a solid accompaniment. Hyperion's recording is first-rate, giving Ugorski central placement in all the performances.

-- All Music Guide

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Works on This Recording

1. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 11 by Emil Mlynarski
Performer:  Eugene Ugorski (Violin)
Conductor:  Michal Dworzynski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1897 
Venue:  City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2. Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 2 in D major, Op. 16 by Emil Mlynarski
Performer:  Eugene Ugorski (Violin)
Conductor:  Michal Dworzynski
Period: Modern 
Venue:  City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Introduction et cracovienne, for violin & piano, Op. 35 by Aleksander Zarzycki
Conductor:  Michal Dworzynski
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Mazurka for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 26 by Aleksander Zarzycki
Conductor:  Michal Dworzynski
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1884; Poland 
Venue:  City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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