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Czeslaw Marek: Chamber Works & Piano Music / Turban, Cechova, Girod, Dall'Ollio, Janowska & Jenkinson

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>Marek, Czeslaw : Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 13
>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite de Quatre Morceaux, for violin & piano, Op. 18
>Marek, Czeslaw : Berceuse, for violin & piano, Op. 26
>Marek, Czeslaw : Pieces Romantiques (2) for harp, Op. 31
>Marek, Czeslaw : Ondine, for 2 harps (after Ravel), Op. 32
>Marek, Czeslaw : Rondeau, for 4 harps (after Rameau), Op. 33
>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Suite en clef de sol, for piano, Op. 36a
>Marek, Czeslaw : Andante assai e fastoso, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Gavotte all'Antica, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Serenade italienne, for 2 pianos, Op. 16a
>Marek, Czeslaw : Annemarie, jazz-humoreske for 2 pianos, Op. 38a

Album Summary

>Marek, Czeslaw : Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 13
>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite de Quatre Morceaux, for violin & piano, Op. 18
>Marek, Czeslaw : Berceuse, for violin & piano, Op. 26
>Marek, Czeslaw : Pieces Romantiques (2) for harp, Op. 31
>Marek, Czeslaw : Ondine, for 2 harps (after Ravel), Op. 32
>Marek, Czeslaw : Rondeau, for 4 harps (after Rameau), Op. 33
>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Suite en clef de sol, for piano, Op. 36a
>Marek, Czeslaw : Andante assai e fastoso, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Gavotte all'Antica, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Serenade italienne, for 2 pianos, Op. 16a
>Marek, Czeslaw : Annemarie, jazz-humoreske for 2 pianos, Op. 38a
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
There are many marvelous pieces on these discs (and also in the orchestral works originally on Koch that Guild hasn't so far reissued) along with, it must added, a fair number of minor items that might be fairly described as superior salon music. The fine 1914 Violin Sonata, like everything here, is beautifully performed and recorded. But if I had to choose the epitome of Marek's achievement, I'd single out his vocal settings. Again and again he wrote for the voice - and instrumental accompaniments for the voice - with divine inspiration. This is apparent all through the two marvelous discs of vocal works, many of them sung by soprano Elzbieta Szmytka, who has a pure, almost childlike voice of angelic sweetness and sadness, ideal for Marek's settings of Polish folk poetry. Of these there are two enchanting 20-minute cycles, both in versions with piano and with orchestral accompaniment: Rural Scenes from 1929, and Village Songs from 1934. 'Pastorale', the second song in Rural Scenes, and 'Na Wojence Dalekiej' (The Far-Away War), the third song in Village Songs, are ravishing in their haunting loveliness: quite simply among the most beautiful vocal works in creation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (1998).



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Works Details

>Marek, Czeslaw : Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 13
  • Performers: Jitka Cechov (Piano); Ingolf Turban (Violin)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite de Quatre Morceaux, for violin & piano, Op. 18
  • Performers: Jitka Cechov (Piano); Ingolf Turban (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Marek, Czeslaw : Berceuse, for violin & piano, Op. 26
  • Performers: Jitka Cechov (Piano); Ingolf Turban (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Marek, Czeslaw : Pièces Romantiques (2) for harp, Op. 31
  • Performers: Catherine White (Harp); Gabriella dall'Ollio (Harp); Patrizia Maier (Harp); Hugh Webb (Harp)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Marek, Czeslaw : Ondine, for 2 harps (after Ravel), Op. 32
  • Performers: Catherine White (Harp); Gabriella dall'Ollio (Harp); Patrizia Maier (Harp); Hugh Webb (Harp)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Marek, Czeslaw : Rondeau, for 4 harps (after Rameau), Op. 33
  • Performers: Catherine White (Harp); Gabriella dall'Ollio (Harp); Patrizia Maier (Harp); Hugh Webb (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Suite en clef de sol, for piano, Op. 36a
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Marek, Czeslaw : Andante assai e fastoso, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/2
  • Performers: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano); Richard Jenkinson (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Gavotte all'Antica, for cello & piano, Op. 18a/3
  • Performers: Richard Jenkinson (Cello); Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Serenade italienne, for 2 pianos, Op. 16a
  • Performers: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano); Ludmila Janowska (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Annemarie, jazz-humoreske for 2 pianos, Op. 38a
  • Performers: Ludmila Janowska (Piano); Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern