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Bacewicz: Piano Quintets, Quartet for 4 Violins, Quartet for 4 Cellos / Silesian Quartet

Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10976  
Composer:  Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Wojciech SwitalaMałgorzata WasiucionekSzymon KrzeszowiecKrzysztof Lason,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian String QuartetPolish Cello Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available from the Silesian Quartet on Chandos: Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets

The 2017 Gramophone Award-winning Silesian Quartet here presents its second recording on Chandos, again devoted to the works of the Polish female composer Grazyna Bacewicz, in a rare programme full of contrast and individuality. The four works brought together here – two unusual quartet formations and two piano quintets – form an integral part of the central, chamber music strand in Bacewicz's output. While the Quartet for Four Violins and the First Piano Quintet have maintained a strong presence in both concerts and recordings, the intriguing Quartet for Four Cellos and Second Piano
Read more Quintet are lesser-known pieces. This is yet another must-have, preceding the fiftieth year of Bacewicz's death commemorations, a composer whose music is now considered by broadcasters, promoters, critics, and artists as an essential part of the Polish repertoire.



Bacewicz can generate momentum in the space of a four-minute movement and integrates eloquent bleakness with some of the sharpest, most light-footed musical wit since Haydn…This disc deserves to make a lot of converts.

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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings no 1 by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Wojciech Switala (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Poland 
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Wojciech Switala (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Poland 
Quartet for 4 violins by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Małgorzata Wasiucionek (Violin), Szymon Krzeszowiec (Violin), Krzysztof Lason (Violin),
Arkadiusz Kubica (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
Quartet for 4 Celli by Grazyna Bacewicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Cello Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Poland 

Customer Reviews

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 More great Bacewicz from the Silesians, with Frie April 26, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Silesian Quartet follow their Gramophone Award-winning Bacewicz String Quartets release from Chandos with this excellent new chamber music disc. It's another marvellous CD, and one more reason to marvel at the compositions of Grazyna Bacewicz, and especially at her mastery in writing for strings. Matched with the superb Wojciech Switala on piano, the Silesians provide energy, excitement and drama in the two Piano Quintets. The first is a taut thriller from 1952, while the second, from 1965, is more expansive, but often as mysterious and fraught with emotion. It has a real sense of foreboding and danger that takes one a bit by surprise in the usually fairly safe and civilized environs of the chamber music recital. Two other works call attention to themselves by their odd instrumentation, but quickly show their craft and imagination. The Quartet for 4 Violins was originally written as a teaching piece, but Grazyna's compositional sleight of hand and skillful blend of folk themes keeps one so engaged that one hardly notices the relatively simplicity, and hardly misses the usual bass parts. As Terry Pratchett, who died three years ago today, says, "It's still magic even if you know how it's done." What a clever and magical work this is! With the Quartet for 4 Cellos, written in 1964, Bacewicz moves to a much more experimental, uncompromisingly modern sound. She also eschews the broadly singing, cantilena sound that is so characteristic of such cello ensemble works as Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5. This short work makes a big impact; it resonates in the mind after it's complete. This performance by the Polish Cello Quartet is the first I've heard, and it's completely convincing. Perhaps a group like The Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic can take this work into their repertoire, and draw straws for which musicians get to play it. January 17, 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of Grazyna Bacewicz's death. I hope that this fact might bring a new interest in this criminally under-recognized composer, with more concerts and recordings to follow. The Silesian Quartet, their accomplished Friends and Chandos are certainly doing their part to help to build up her reputation to something more like what her talents deserve." Report Abuse
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