Gra?yna Bacewicz is a Polish twentieth-century composer of the first magnitude, but she escaped lasting fame. Her String Quartets and Violin Concertos are the go-to works; the Cello Concertos are “Bacewicz 201.” The lyrical themes and melodies, rhythmic propulsion and memorable phrases of the neo-romantic 1951 concerto give the Shostakovich concertos a run for their money. The second work (1961) is starker, sparser, with pointillist touches of orchestral color to the cello part, driven by an unrelenting inner pulse. It’s a kind of orchestral cello sonata, discordant and angular, but winning, given time and willingness. The 1943 Overture, with fading hints of Parisian neoclassicism, makes a perfect curtain-raiser.
Overtureby Grazyna Bacewicz Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Venue: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs.
Concerto No. 1, for violin & orchestraby Grazyna Bacewicz Performer:
Adam Krzeszowiec (Cello)
Written: 1937 Venue: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol Length: 21 Minutes 51 Secs.
Concerto for Violin no 2by Grazyna Bacewicz Performer:
Bartosz Koziak (Cello)
Venue: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol Length: 18 Minutes 36 Secs.
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