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Szymanowski: Masterworks for Violin & Piano / Bengtson, Bednarz


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Musica Omnia   Catalog #: 703  
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew BengtsonBlanka Bednarz
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A revolution in art and literature swept through Europe and by the early 1800s Romanticism dominated the musical landscape. Such figures as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms exemplified the ideals yet maintained highly individual approaches. Now, our finest historically-informed musicians and scholars present this incomparable repertoire in a series destined by become an essential part of every serious music lover’s collection. Karol Szymanowski was a giant in the history of Polish music and among the greatest composers of his turbulent era. His music spans a kaleidoscopic range of styles from late-Romantic chromaticism, to shimmering Impressionism, to a proud and energetic nationalist idiom. All his music is marked by an attractive Read more lyricism and an exceptional sensitivity to tone color. Pianist Matthew Bengtson and violinist Blanka Bednarz, life-long tireless advocates of his music, present a varied program of his greatest masterpieces for solo piano and violin/piano duo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
2.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 4 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 
3.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Poland 
4.
Métopes (3), Op. 29 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
5.
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
6.
Myths (3), Op. 30 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
7.
Masques (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
8.
King Roger, Op. 46: Roxana's Song by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Poland 
9.
Polish Dances (4) for Piano: No. 3, Oberek by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
10.
L'aube by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
11.
Danse sauvage by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
12.
Harnasie, Op. 55: no 8, Raid of the Harnasie "Dance of the Montagnards" by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano), Blanka Bednarz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1931; Poland 
13.
Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Poland 
14.
Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 62 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; Poland 

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