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Ludomir Róz?ycki (1884-1953): Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2; Ballade Op.18 / Jonathan Plowright, piano; BBC Scottish SO, Lukasz Borowicz

Album Summary

>Rózycki, Ludomir : Ballade for piano & orchestra in G major, Op. 18
>Rózycki, Ludomir : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 43
>Rózycki, Ludomir : Concerto for Piano no 2
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Volume 67 of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series features Ludomir Růzycki (1884-1953), a composer who remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland. On this exciting disc, pianist Jonathan Plowright is the soloist in Růzycki's three works for piano and orchestra, accompanied by Lukasz Borowicz leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. These pieces showcase a composer with an accomplished ear for instrumental color, whose late-nineteenth-century musical language responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.

BBC Music Magazine
Jonathan Plowright and conductor Lukasz Borowicz are champions of neglected Polish music, and this disc's place in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series makes it self-recommending.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
Jonathan Plowright and Lukasz Borowicz are like alchemists... Borowicz's control of his Scottish players is quite masterly, and Plowright should be paid in bags of gold to reveal how he produces such a rich, singing tone throughout the enormous dynamic range he conjures up... only a hair-shirt cynic could fail to enjoy R=zycki.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This release is another volume of Hyperion's amazing series on the romantic piano concerto. Performances and interpretation are both first-class. Borowicz has an affinity for the music, and Plowright's pianism is ideal for this style. He plays with precision mixed with flexibility at the right points.

Rozycki wrote Concerto 2 in Warsaw, during the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1942, one aim of which was eventually to exterminate the Polish people. It must have needed unusual inner conviction for a musician to write a work so full of normal life and its celebrations. One can only admire how the Polish people, trapped between two of the most evil, rapacious ideologies in history, managed not only to keep their artistic heritage intact but then be able to produce the string of geniuses of the last third of the 20th Century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (08/22/2014/08/23/2014).



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>Rózycki, Ludomir : Ballade for piano & orchestra in G major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (08/22/2014/08/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904

>Rózycki, Ludomir : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 43
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (08/22/2014/08/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1918

>Rózycki, Ludomir : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (08/22/2014/08/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1941-1941