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Polish Violin Concertos / Plawner, Bruns, Kammersymphonie Berlin


Release Date: 07/08/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573496   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Grazyna BacewiczAlexandre TansmanMichal SpisakAndrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Piotr Plawner
Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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The works on this recording were written by four roughly contemporary Polish composers who settled and pursued their careers in different parts of the world. Grayna Bacewicz's first Violin Concerto displays her own glittering virtuosity as a performer, while Alexandre Tansman wrote his Baroque-infused Five Pieces for the great Josef Szigeti. Michal Spisak considered his neo-classical Andante and Allegro to be "a little story for violin and orchestra", while Andrzej Panufnik's wide-ranging Violin Concerto became a "pilgrimage into my
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Review:

There are four rewarding works to be discovered on this disc, although only two of them are technically concertos. Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto, written in 1971 and recorded in concert in 2014 by ?ód?-born violinist Piotr P?awner, the Kammersymphonie Berlin and conductor Jürgen Bruns. The second movement, with its seemingly endless lines of melody, reminds us that the concerto was written for Yehudi Menuhin and his famous nonstop vibrato. P?awner does those long lines justice here, before wrapping up the piece in a spiky, frenetic Polish dance.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Piotr Plawner (Violin)
Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano/Orchestra by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Piotr Plawner (Violin)
Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
3.
Andante and Allegro for Violin and String Orchestra by Michal Spisak
Performer:  Piotr Plawner (Violin)
Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
4.
Concerto for Violin and Strings by Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Piotr Plawner (Violin)
Conductor:  Jurgen Bruns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1: I. Allegro
5 Pieces for Violin & Orchestra: No. 1, Toccata
Violin Concerto: III. Vivace (Live)

Customer Reviews

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 Short Poles September 18, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "There is very little left to be said after Dean Frey's excellent review. These four ''concertos'' are smaller works ranging from 9 to 22 minutes; total disc time of 56 minutes. They offer a variety of musical styles and are all interesting. The violinist, Peter Plawner, and the Berlin Chamber Orchestra are excellent as is the recording." Report Abuse
 Outstanding music for violin & orchestra from Pol July 12, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "I'm a CD-half full kind of guy when it comes to unfamiliar repertoire on disc, but I wasn't expecting such a positive listening experience when I had my first listen to this fine release from Naxos. There are four very solid works for violin and orchestra here, each one full of energy and grace, and all played beautifully by violinist Piotr Plawner, with strong support from the Kammersymphonie Berlin under Jurgen Bruns. I've recently become quite a fan of one of the composers here, Gra?yna Bacewicz. I highly recommend the recent two-disc set of her Complete String Quartets with the Silesian Quartet, which I reviewed last month. Bacewicz was a concert violinist as well as a composer, and her First Violin Concerto, written in 1937, is the first of 7 she wrote to show off her skills in both domains. There is absolutely no empty virtuosity here, though; this is brilliant music, largely in a neo-classical style, but there are also some hints of a more serious and passionate music that she would explore later in the series. I look forward to hearing the other six, and from a quick look at reviews, it seems like Joanna Kurkowicz's series on Chandos might be the place to start. Alexandre Tansman's Five Pieces, a kind of updated Baroque suite, were written for Joseph Szigetti in 1930. It all sounds quite French to my ears, though there's more of Ravel and Les Six here than Rameau or Couperin. Michal Spisak's Andante and Allegro from 1954 is another work that seems to come from half-way between Paris and Warsaw; it was written for his teacher Nadia Boulanger. He referred to it as "a little story for violin and orchestra." The Andante has the declamatory feel of a recitative, sounding at times a bit pompous. This music is infused with a quite subtle irony, quite unlike the often heavier-handed version of Shostakovich, which often veers into sarcasm. Spisak's Allegro is full of incident, after that fine set-up, with a hustle and bustle beginning that suddenly opens up into a graceful Watteau-like landscape, returning for an energetic, and quite amusing, ending. The disc comes to a serious, even spiritual, close with Anderzej Panuknik's 1971 Violin Concerto, written for Yehudi Menuhin. Alternating between sober and energetically manic moods, this marvellous work is suffused with melancholy, even when the folk rhythms of Polish dances are evoked in the Vivace finale. Four works of completely different character, but together a triumph for everyone involved!" Report Abuse
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