Szarzynski / Kosendiak, Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble

Release Date: 11/1/2019
Label: CD Accord
Catalog Number: ACD261
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski’s surviving output of music comprises ten compositions, whose excellent quality and attractive sound earn him a place among the most distinguished Polish Baroque composers. We do not have any archive documents concerning the figure of Szarzynski or any autographs of his works. He probably lived during the last decades of the 17th century, though the dates of his birth and death as well as the place or places of his activity are impossible to establish. Nearly all of Szarzynski’s surviving works represent the seconda pratica and are structured in accordance with the concertato style typical of the second half of the 17th century. The single exception is the Missa septem dolorum Beatae Mariae Virginis, never previously published or recorded. Szarzynski’s solo church concertos are scored typically of the era, with two violins and continuo in the accompaniment. However, the concertos are diversified with regard to form. One of those most internally varied is the soprano concerto Veni Sancte Spiritus, setting the text of the Pentecostal sequence. The tenor concerto Pariendo non gravaris and the alto concerto Quam felix curia, on the other hand, represent regular four-movement forms which consist of alternating slow and fast sections. Here Szarzynski experiments with ‘new’ keys that go far beyond the traditional system of church modes. Another solo church concerto, Ave Regina, previously published separately, in the Lowicz manuscript constituted the last part of Szarzynski’s Completorium. This cycle is a musical setting of four psalms, the hymn Te lucis ante terminum and the canticle Nunc dimittis, followed by a Marian antiphon. The entire cycle is scored for four voices, two violins and basso continuo. The setting of the Litany of Loreto is an extensive one-movement work, which in the Lowicz copy was entitled Litania cursoria. Ad hymnos ad cantus is a compact composition for five vocal parts with instrumental accompaniment, written in the form of a ritornello concerto. “Agite ergo,” Szarzynski’s only instrumental work, Sonata for two violins and basso pro organo, is at the same time the only surviving relic of Polish instrumental music from the second half of the 17th century.
Works on This Recording
1. Veni Sancte Spiritus by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Aleksandra Turalska (Soprano)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
1. Completorium by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Tomas Kral (Baritone), Alexander Schneider (Alto)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
2. Jesu spes mea by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Aldona Bartnik (Soprano)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
2. Pariendo non gravaris by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
3. Ad Hymnos ad cantus by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Tomas Kral (Baritone), Aleksandra Turalska (Soprano), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Maciej Gocman (Tenor)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
3. Quam Felix Curia by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
4. Litania Cursoria by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Tomas Kral (Baritone), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Alexander Schneider (Alto)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
5. Missa septem dolorum Beatae Mariae Virginis by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Alexander Schneider (Alto), Tomas Kral (Baritone)
6. Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Aleksandra Turalska (Soprano), Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Tomas Kral (Baritone), Alexander Schneider (Alto)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
8. Litania Cursoria by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Tomas Kral (Baritone), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Alexander Schneider (Alto)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
9. Missa septem dolorum Beatae Mariae Virginis by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Alexander Schneider (Alto), Tomas Kral (Baritone)
10. Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Stanislaw Szarzynski
Performer: Aleksandra Turalska (Soprano), Maciej Gocman (Tenor), Aldona Bartnik (Soprano), Tomas Kral (Baritone), Alexander Schneider (Alto)
Conductor: Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble
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