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>Kilar, Wojciech : Orawa, for 15 string instruments
>Malecki, Maciej : Polish Suite, for string quartet
>Czarnecki, Slawomir : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Spis")
>Malecki, Maciej : Andante and Allegro, for solo viola & 5 string instruments

Album Summary

>Kilar, Wojciech : Orawa, for 15 string instruments
>Malecki, Maciej : Polish Suite, for string quartet
>Czarnecki, Slawomir : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Spis")
>Malecki, Maciej : Andante and Allegro, for solo viola & 5 string instruments
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International
The Polish answer to the Pavel Haas Quartet ... OPiUM have assembled tuneful, enjoyable new music that rewards closer listening too. Anybody who thinks that "appealing/melodic" and "expertly crafted" are now mutually exclusive should hear Czarnecki's tiny String Quartet No 2 (1997), which is both.

American Record Guide
Slawomir Czarnecki's second string quartet (1997) - the strongest work here - was written during an intense period of documenting folk music from the area of Spis; the music, while in a concert music idiom, retains vestiges of melody and even the playing style of the folk bands in the region. Malecki's daughter Magdalena (the violist for the OPiUM quartet) shines as a soloist in the concluding Andante and Allegro, written by her father expressly for her graduation recital; the quartet is joined here by violist Wojciech Walczak and bassist Radoslaw Nur. While the composition occasionally indulges in more dissonance than the others, it is also thoroughly influenced by folk idioms. The performances are superb, and the engineering is spectacular.

Classical Lost and Found
These recordings were made on three different occasions in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (apparently sans audience), and are consistently excellent. The soundstage projected is appropriately wide and quite deep, but optimum ensemble placement and miking preclude any loss of clarity due to the considerable reverberation in such a large venue. Rich string tone bordering on the bright makes this release a standout for contemporary chamber music enthusiasts as well as audiophiles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2009-01-27&2009-06-02&2009-).



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Works Details

>Kilar, Wojciech : Orawa, for 15 string instruments
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2009-01-27&2009-06-02&2009-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Malecki, Maciej : Polish Suite, for string quartet
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2009-01-27&2009-06-02&2009-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Czarnecki, Slawomir : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Spis")
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2009-01-27&2009-06-02&2009-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Malecki, Maciej : Andante and Allegro, for solo viola & 5 string instruments
  • Performers: Radoslaw Nur (Double Bass); Wojciech Walczak (Viola)
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2009-01-27&2009-06-02&2009-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music