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Bacewicz: Piano Works / Ewa Kupiec


Release Date: 10/16/2001 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93034   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fine performances of sometimes charming works by a Polish neo­Classical composer.

Although Grove lists several other pieces‚ the booklet claims that this disc includes all Grazyna Bacewicz’s music for solo piano‚ adding that ‘her sister has not authorised publication of the remaining piano works’. What we have here suggests that Bacewicz concentrated what one might call her neo­Classical ‘toccata style’ into her keyboard works. She was a fine pianist‚ playing not only her own music in public‚ but she was better known as an exceptional solo violinist; indeed she was so busy with her (dual) solo career that she did not devote herself to full­time composition until her mid­forties. Real lyricism‚ what one
Read more might call her ‘violin manner’‚ is in rather short supply here: the fine singing melody of the Sonata’s slow movement‚ the very simple‚ almost child­like ‘Mélodie’ of the Sonatina and no more than a couple of the Etudes. Her ‘toccata manner’ often has real character‚ mark you: the Sonata’s first movement shows that lyricism and elegance can exist within it‚ and although some of the Etudes sound as though they were designed to develop steely‚ agile fingers and strong wrists‚ their textures are inventive enough for most of them to stand up as concert pieces. The early Children’s Suite‚ eight slight but fresh and tuneful miniatures‚ has much charm. The average length of the pieces on this disc‚ including the Sonata and Sonatina movements‚ is not much over two minutes and they are best not listened to at a sitting. Best of all would be to alternate them with the longer spans and more lyrical expression of Bacewicz’s later chamber music‚ of which a fair amount is now available on disc. Ewa Kupiec plays admirably‚ searching out the essence of these pithy but not often emotionally expansive pieces‚ and she is cleanly recorded.

-- Gramophone [6/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1. Studies (10) for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. Scherzo for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Children's Suite for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4. Little Triptych by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano no 2 by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6. Sonatina for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Etudes (2) in Thirds for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8. Rondino for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9. Burlesques (3) for Piano by Grazyna Bacewicz
Performer:  Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  SWR Kammermusik Studio, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Largo
Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Toccata (Vivo)
Scherzo: . Vivace
Rondino
Sonatina: I. Allegro non troppo
Sonatina: II. Melodie
Sonatina: III. Oberek
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): I. Prelude
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): II. March
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): III. Waltz
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): IV. Lullaby
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): V. Burlesque
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): VI. Minuet
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): VII. Gavotte
Suita dziecieca (Children's Suite): VIII. Scherzino
3 Groteski: I. Molto Allegro
3 Groteski: II. Allegro ma non troppo
3 Groteski: III. Vivo
2 Etudes: I. Moderato
2 Etudes: II. Vivace
Maly tryptyk (Little Triptych): I. - -
Maly tryptyk (Little Triptych): II. - -
Maly tryptyk (Little Triptych): III. - -
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Allegro non troppo
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Vivace
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Allegretto
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): NM = 96
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Andante
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): NM = 180
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Giocoso
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): NM = 69
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Presto
10 Etiud koncertowych (10 Concert Etudes): Allegro

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