Friedman & Różycki: Piano Quintets

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LUDOMIR ROZYCKI / IGNACY FRIEDMAN
Friedman & Różycki: Piano Quintets
Jonathan Plowright (piano) / Szymanowski Quartet

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 1 September 2016

After his outstanding recording of the piano concertos, Jonathan Plowright-here partnered by the Szymanowski Quartet-returns to the music of Ludomir Różycki. The piano quintets of Różycki and Ignacy Friedman make the perfect late-Romantic piaring, especially when performed by such committed champions of Polish music.

'[Jonathan Plowright] is this outstanding British pianist in whose debt we are once more for this second Różycki resurrection … the excellent Szymanowski Quartet [exploits] to the full Friedman's civilised five-way conversation' (Gramophone)

'Superb playing is matched by fine engineering in the atmospheric acoustic of Potton Hall. Greatly recommended-you won't regret it!' (Classical Ear Five Stars)

'The performances are everything one could wish for. Jonathan Plowright is a splendid pianist who has done much to champion this out-of-the-way Polish repertoire and the Szymanowski Quartet could hardly be bettered' (MusicWeb International)

'Everything coheres, there is natural rubato, when needed power, propulsion, exceptional sweep and the ability to let the music sing' (Audiophile Five Stars)

'The piano quintets of Różycki and Ignacy Friedman make the perfect late-Romantic pairing, especially when performed by such committed champions of Polish music' (The Northern Echo)

'A real discovery, that makes you want to investigate further … Jonathan Plowright (masterly) and the Szymanowski Quartet (including an alluring cellist) give very persuasive readings of these hugely rewarding Piano Quintets' (Classical Source)

Tracks:

Friedman, I:
Piano Quintet in C minor

Rózycki:
Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 35

Friedman & Różycki-Piano Quintets-Jonathan Plowright (piano), Szymanowski Quartet