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Brochocka & Weinberg: Double Bass Works / Karol Kowal, double bass; Katarzyna Brochocka, piano

Album Summary

>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Pas de basse, suite for double bass
>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Sonata for double bass & piano
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for solo contrabass, Op. 108
>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Double Bass Concerto, version for double bass & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This album features virtuosic and highly expressive new music for the Double Bass, written by two Polish composers. It contains the premiere recordings of works by award-winning composer Katarzyna Brochocka, as well as a novel interpretation of a unique piece by forgotten genius Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Polish double bassist Karol Kowal has chosen challenging repertoire for his debut album, recorded together with composer and pianist Katarzyna Brochocka. On the disc, released by CD Accord Music Edition, one can find three compositions by Brochocka, whose works have recently gained international recognition. Composer of critically acclaimed chamber operas, Brochocka is represented in this album by her Sonata for Double Bass and Piano, Suite for Solo Double Bass (Pas de Basse) and by her Double Bass Concerto (here recorded in its version for piano and bass). Brochocka’s music is paired with a piece written by a composer whose music is one of the greatest revelations in recent years. A close friend of Shostakovich, Weinberg was a Polish-born Jew who escaped Nazi terror in World War II, only to be trapped by the Soviet regime. Due to government restrictions, public performances of his music were forbidden for a long time, and now his enormous output is finally being rediscovered. The Sonata for Solo Double Bass, Op. 108 is Weinberg's only work written for this instrument. The piece shares common dramatic aesthetics with Brochocka’s works, together creating a fascinating combination of passionate and intellectually provoking music - music that no one would expect to hear performed on the double bass.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Here are first recordings of three works by the pianist - double-bass music. Brochocka's idiom matches her friend Moisei Vainberg's very well. Both are basically tonal, and both are taken care of with great warmth and technical ability by Kowal. Quarrington got through it in 18 minutes; Kowal takes 20. But the main thing here is the music of Brochocka. That is full of feeling and events. If contemporary music from Poland interests you, it is in good hands here. The recording is excellent in clarity and resonance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2015-01-02_2015-01-03&2014-).



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>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Pas de basse, suite for double bass
  • Performer: Karol Kowal (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2015-01-02_2015-01-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Sonata for double bass & piano
  • Performers: Katarzyna Brochocka (Piano); Karol Kowal (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2015-01-02_2015-01-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sonata for solo contrabass, Op. 108
  • Performer: Karol Kowal (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2015-01-02_2015-01-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Brochocka, Katarzyna : Double Bass Concerto, version for double bass & piano
  • Performers: Katarzyna Brochocka (Piano); Karol Kowal (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (2015-01-02_2015-01-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007