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Grazyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3, 7 / Joanna Kurkowicz, Lukasz Borowicz, et al

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> Violin Concerto No. 7 - I. Tempo di mutabile
> Violin Concerto No. 7 - II. Largo
> Violin Concerto No. 7 - III. Allegro
> Violin Concerto No. 3 - I. Allegro molto moderato
> Violin Concerto No. 3 - II. Andante
> Violin Concerto No. 3 - III. Vivo
> Violin Concerto No. 1 - I. Allegro
> Violin Concerto No. 1 - II. Andante (molto espressivo)
> Violin Concerto No. 1 - III. Vivace
> Overture - Overture

Album Summary

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto for Violin & orchestra no 7
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto no 3, for violin & orchestra
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto no 1, for violin & orchestra
>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Overture, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grazyna Bacewicz, one the most distinguished Polish composers of the twentieth century and one of history's foremost women composers. It has been said that she bridges the gap between the neo-romanticism of Szymanowski and the modernism of Lutoslawski. The Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz has championed the music of Bacewicz over the years, and on her recent recital disc on Chandos the American Record Guide commented... "Lovers of fiddle music really can't have too much of Grazyna Bacewicz."

"They are marvelous discoveries and a major enlargement of the CD discography. Bravo to Joanna Kurkowicz, the fine Polish Radio Symphony under Lukasz Borowicz, and Chandos for rescuing these treasures from undeserved neglect." -American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
... Bacewicz... reveals a strong personality... the value and originality of what she did achieve is very well conveyed by Joanna Kurkowicz's polished yet passionate playing, backed to the hilt in slightly over-resonant but texturally lucid recordings.

The Guardian
A generation younger than Szymanowski and half a generation older than Lutoslawski and Panufnik, Grazyna Bacewicz is a revered figure in Polish music. The orchestral heart of her output as a composer is the seven concertos she wrote for her own instrument, the violin, and as this superbly played selection from them shows, they are wonderfully idiomatic works, colourfully scored and always interesting formally.



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>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto for Violin & orchestra no 7
  • Performer: Joanna Kurkowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (10/21/2008-02/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1965

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto no 3, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Joanna Kurkowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (10/21/2008-02/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Concerto no 1, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Joanna Kurkowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (10/21/2008-02/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Bacewicz, Grazyna : Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (10/21/2008-02/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943