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Górecki: Piano Concerto, Etc; Shostakovich, Et Al


Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51246   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj GóreckiDmitri ShostakovichWojciech KilarGrazyna Bacewicz,   ... 
Performer:  Anna Górecka
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Henryk Górecki's name is prominent on the cover but the album actually features a variety of Polish composers and one Russian, (Shostakovich). Here are works either composed or arranged for a string orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal.

Górecki's Concerto for Piano and Strings combines the harmonic richness and atmosphere of a romantic piano concerto with the repetitive starkness of minimalist structures. Anna Górecka is the pianist. The familiar-yet-abstract effect is quite intriguing. Orawa by Wojciech Kilar also explores a rhythmically minimalist expression and Kilar's music has a boisterous quality. The Shostakovich Chamber Symphony arranged by Rudolf Barshai is based
Read more on Shostakovitch's String Quartet No. 8 and is an introspective work well worth exploring. Also intriguing is the string orchestra arrangement of Szymanowski's piano Etude Op. 4 no 3 in B flat minor.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano/Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 40 by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Anna Górecka (Piano)
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Poland 
2.
Pieces (3) in Old Style by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Poland 
3.
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's 1960 arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8. 
4.
Orawa by Wojciech Kilar
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Poland 
5.
Concerto for Strings by Grazyna Bacewicz
Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Poland 
6.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 4: no 3 in B flat minor by Karol Szymanowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 

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