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Twardowski: Violin Concerto & Other Works / Augustyn, Smolij, Torun Symphony


Release Date: 12/07/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579031  
Composer:  Romuald Twardowski
Performer:  Kinga Augustyn
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born in Vilnius and a student of Nadia Boulanger, Romuald Twardowski writes music which blends tradition and modernity. His writing for strings is consistently masterful, whether in the lyricism and capricious rhythms of Serenade for string orchestra, or the ‘new simplicity’ of his Violin Concerto. Fantazja hiszpanska (‘Spanish Fantasia’) shows how deeply the composer absorbed flamenco music during a visit to Spain, while Niggunim explores authentic Hassidic Jewish melodies. Capriccio in Blue is a delightful and wholly original salute to George Gershwin. Award-winning violinist Kinga Augustyn’s playing has been described as ‘stylish and vibrant’ (The Strad). She also appears on other recordings for Naxos, including a release of Polish Read more violin classics about which Fanfare wrote: “she meets the challenge magnificently. Hallmarks of her playing are razor-sharp execution, even in the most taxing technical passages.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spanish Fantasy by Romuald Twardowski
Performer:  Kinga Augustyn (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
2.
Serenade for String Orchestra by Romuald Twardowski
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; Poland 
3.
Concerto for Violin by Romuald Twardowski
Performer:  Kinga Augustyn (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006; Poland 
4.
Niggunium "Melodies of the Hasidim" by Romuald Twardowski
Performer:  Kinga Augustyn (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Poland 
5.
Capriccio in Blue "George Gershwin in Memoriam" by Romuald Twardowski
Performer:  Kinga Augustyn (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Poland 

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