Bacewicz: Music for String Orchestra / Ronald Corp, New London Orchestra

Album Summary

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto for orchestra
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Sinfonietta for string orchestra
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Symphony for string orchestra
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Music for strings, trumpets and percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc featuring the New London Orchestra under Ronald Corp showcases the work of Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), whose centenary is celebrated this year. It contributes greatly to the knowledge of her music outside her native Poland, where she is still an important and well-loved cultural figure. It contains premiere recordings of both the Sinfonietta and the Symphony for string orchestra. Bacewicz was one of the most significant composers of the mid-twentieth century, with strong roots in the culture of Paris, where she studied both composition and violin in the early 1930s. Her most striking music is that which draws on her experience of the neoclassicism of inter-war France. Bacewicz emphasizes neoclassicism's vitality and clarity while at the same time giving it a combination of delicacy and muscularity which is all her own. 034571178004

"Arguably the finest composer of her gender at the mid-20th century, Lithuanian-born Polish Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) is at long last receiving recognition from the recording industry outside of her adopted country... A few months ago, Chandos issued three of her seven violin concertos in superb readings by Joanna Kurkowicz... Bacewicz was an excellent violinist, so her penchant for stringed instruments is reflected in her seven string quartets and five violin sonatas as well as numberous scores for string ensembles high-lighted by this Hyperion release. It opens with probably her most-performed work, the 1946 Concerto for String Orchestra, a typically smooth and polished quarter-hour of extremely knowledgeable writing that typifies her sophisticated blend of dense textures and dynamic counterpoint, with overtones of a sly wit that occasionally recalls a fellow Boulanger student, Jean Francaix... This release will no doubt help to place Bacewicz on a higher plane of international recognition and perhaps also induce further investigation of her talented generation of Polish composers. Together with the Chandos disc mentioned above, this is a landmark release." -Fanfare

'The New London Orchestra, under Ronald Corp's direction, shows from the outset a true affinity with this music. One can sense an entire tradition of string playing here ... A revelation is the Symphony from 1946 ... The disc ends with a superb performance of the magnificent Music for Strings, Trumpet and Percussion ... music that pulls the listener in all sorts of directions, from the blackest depths to the heights of joy, and always intriguing with its highly original orchestration. This is a wonderful recording of wonderful music' (International Record Review)

'A thoroughly rewarding survey of a composer who deserves to be better known ... [Music for Strings, Trumpets and Percussion] This is music of lament and even of protest, but it has a positive spirit concerned to communicate no less urgently and distinctively than the composer's more 'orthodox' earlier pieces' (Gramophone)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, E (02/11/2009-02/12/2009).



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>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/11/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Sinfonietta for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/11/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Symphony for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/11/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1946

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Music for strings, trumpets and percussion
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/11/2009-02/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern