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Szymon Laks: Chamber Music

Smit,Leo
Release Date: 04/20/2011 
Label:  Futureclassics   Catalog #: 5637888707   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan HeberMarcel Worms
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of Szymon Laks has been undeservedly neglected for quite a long time. Recently, the music publishers Boosey & Hawkes began publishing his compositions, making his oeuvre more accessible. The musicians of the Leo Smit Ensemble were enamored by the quality of Laks’ music and gladly added his works to their repertoire.

The compositions on this CD are a reflection of the Szymon Laks Project (2008- 2011), initiated by the cellist Stephan Heber and performed by the Leo Smit Ensemble. The music of Szymon Laks has been undeservedly neglected for quite a long time. Recently, the music publishers Boosey & Hawkes began publishing his compositions, making his oeuvre more accessible. The musicians of the Leo Smit
Read more Ensemble were enamored by the quality of Laks’ music and gladly added his works to their repertoire. The ensemble gave many concerts of Laks’ music in the Netherlands, France and Germany. The compositions have been greeted enthusiastically everywhere. Many of these works are being recorded for CD for the first time.

Szymon Laks was born on November 1, 1901, and began studying mathematics in Vilnius, Lithuania. He later chose to study music (composition, harmony and counterpoint) in his birthplace, Warsaw, Poland. In 1926, he left for Paris wherehe continued composition lessons with Pierre Vidal and Henri Rabaud. During his studies, Laks earned his keep as a music teacher, playing violin in cafés and on ocean steamers, and accompanying silent movies. He also played an important role within the organization of young Polish musicians in Paris. He came into contact with and was inspired by the École de Paris, where composers such as Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc and Ravel ruled the day, and he often worked with the singer Tola Korian, for whom he wrote numerous songs. Laks’ earliest music is characteristically in a neo-classical French style in which lightness and clarity prevail, although the influence of Polish musical traditions are present. Besides Polish folklore, Laks also uses Jewish and Slavic folk melodies in his music. In 1941, Laks was arrested because of his Jewish background and transferred to the Pithiviers work camp near Orléans. In July 1942, he was deported to Auschwitz. Laks survived the concentration camp by working as a violinist, arranger and, later, conducting the orchestra. In 1944, he was taken to Dachau and, after being liberated, he returned to Paris where he lived until his death in 1983.

Leo Smit Ensemble The Leo Smit Ensemble was founded in 1996, evolving out of the Uilenburger Concert Series in Amsterdam, organized by the Leo Smit Foundation. The ensemble, under the artistic direction of flutist Eleonore Pameijer, endeavors to reacquaint a broad audience with the music of composers persecuted during the Second World War. The ensemble has recorded CDs with the music of Leo Smit, Nico Richter, Jacques Beers, Dick Kattenburg and Rosy Wertheim. - FutureClassics Music Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
5.
Passacaille-vocalise by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
6.
Passacaille-vocalise by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
7.
Passacaille-vocalise by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
8.
Passacaille-vocalise by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
9.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Wiegenlied by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Wiegenlied by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Wiegenlied by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Wiegenlied by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
13.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Unser rebeniu by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Unser rebeniu by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Unser rebeniu by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
16.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Unser rebeniu by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
17.
Chants populaires juifs (8): In drois is a triber tog by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
18.
Chants populaires juifs (8): In drois is a triber tog by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
19.
Chants populaires juifs (8): In drois is a triber tog by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
20.
Chants populaires juifs (8): In drois is a triber tog by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
21.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Ich bin a balagole by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
22.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Ich bin a balagole by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
23.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Ich bin a balagole by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
24.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Ich bin a balagole by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
25.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Gwaldze brider by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
26.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Gwaldze brider by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
27.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Gwaldze brider by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
28.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Gwaldze brider by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
29.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Fratik far nacht by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
30.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Fratik far nacht by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
31.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Fratik far nacht by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
32.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Fratik far nacht by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
33.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die gilderne pawe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
34.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die gilderne pawe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
35.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die gilderne pawe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
36.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die gilderne pawe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
37.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die alte Kashe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
38.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die alte Kashe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
39.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die alte Kashe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
40.
Chants populaires juifs (8): Die alte Kashe by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
41.
Ballade for piano ("Hommage ŕ Chopin") by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
42.
Ballade for piano ("Hommage ŕ Chopin") by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
43.
Ballade for piano ("Hommage ŕ Chopin") by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
44.
Ballade for piano ("Hommage ŕ Chopin") by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
45.
Divertimento by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Poland 
46.
Divertimento by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Poland 
47.
Divertimento by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Poland 
48.
Divertimento by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Poland 
49.
Dialogue by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
50.
Dialogue by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
51.
Dialogue by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
52.
Dialogue by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano), Stephan Heber (Cello)
53.
Blues for piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Marcel Worms (Piano)
54.
Blues for piano by Szymon Laks
Performer:  Stephan Heber (Cello), Marcel Worms (Piano)

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