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Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969): Complete String Quartets (7) / Siesian Quartet

Album Summary

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 6
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 7
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For their debut release on Chandos, award winning Silesian Quartet presents the complete string quartets by Grazyna Bacewicz. Bacewicz's life was conditioned by the political and military events of her time, making her works reflect not only traumas but also the stylistic shifting into twentieth-century music. These seven string quartets have withstood the test of time and showcase Bacewicz's understanding of all string instruments.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
These seven works, composed between 1938 and 1965, add up to a compelling portrait of a powerfully original creative spirit...the whole group seem to understand this life-affirming music from the inside.

The Guardian, 21st July 2016
Their default playing style is springy and fleet-footed, bringing out the idiomatic nature of Bacewicz's string writing.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
The Silesian lend vibrant warmth to [the First Quartet]... [and] handle [the later quartets] with precision and Tlan: a tremendous achievement.

Classical Music, August 2016
This remarkable canon of works here receives advocacy of the highest order: equally at home in the instantly approachable early quartets as the more challenging sixth and seventh, the Silesian Quartet brings admirable focus, determination and concentration to every bar.

Music Week, October 2016
Excellent performances, sound and booklet notes make this a real winner. A clear first choice for the string quartets of Grazyna Bacewicz.

MusicWeb International, 20th October 2016
This is now the favoured option in this repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in K (02/2010-01/2011).



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Works Details

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Siesian Quartet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1930

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1947

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Running Time: 19 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1951

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 6
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Quartet for Strings no 7
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1965