[ Chandos / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 4 May 2018
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The 2017 Gramophone Award-winning Silesian Quartet here presents its second recording on Chandos, again devoted to the works of the Polish female composer Grazyna Bacewicz, in a rare programme full of contrast and individuality.
The four works brought together here - two unusual quartet formations and two piano quintets - form an integral part of the central, chamber music strand in Bacewicz's output. While the Quartet for Four Violins and the First Piano Quintet have maintained a strong presence in both concerts and recordings, the intriguing Quartet for Four Cellos and Second Piano Quintet are lesser-known pieces.
This is yet another must-have, preceding the fiftieth year of Bacewicz death commemorations, a composer whose music is now considered by broadcasters, promoters, critics, and artists as an essential part of the Polish repertoire.
BBC Music Awards Finalist 2019
"Bacewicz's radicalism was always accompanied by playfulness and ardour. Which one can extend to these superfine performances from the Silesians and their friends, as it's put in the booklet notes - the Polish Cello Quartet and two violinist guests for the Quartet for Violins. Adrian Thomas' notes are wholly admirable and the recording highly sympathetic. Another Bacewicz winner." MusicWeb
"For those invigorated by the Silesian Quartet's complete quartet set, here's an exciting new addition: two piano quintets. They are works of real substance and originality. The First (1952) is an assured achievement with a powerful identity…her Second Quintet is confrontational and virtuosic. The Silesians tap into its nervous energy…Look out for more Bacewicz: her time has come." BBC Music Five Stars Chamber Choice July 2018
"A huge personality. Bacewicz can generate momentum in the space of a four-minute movement and integrates eloquent bleakness with some of the sharpest, most light-footed musical wit since Haydn…This disc deserves to make a lot of converts." Gramophone
Quintet No.1 (1952) for Piano and String Quartet
Quintet No.2 (1965) for Piano and String Quartet
Quartet (1949) for Four Violins
Quartet (1963) for Four Cellos