Bacewicz: String Quartets

Chandos: CHAN10904(2)

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Bacewicz: String Quartets

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Chamber

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - August 2016

Label:

Chandos

Catalogue No:

CHAN10904(2)

Discs:

2

Release date:

1st July 2016

Barcode:

0095115190425

Length:

2 hours 12 minutes

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Bacewicz: String Quartets


Bacewicz:

String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 2

String Quartet No. 3

String Quartet No. 4

String Quartet No. 5

String Quartet No. 6

String Quartet No. 7


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For their very first recording on Chandos, the multiaward winning Silesian Quartet presents the complete string quartets by Grażyna Bacewicz. These lesser known chamber music treasures by the Polish composer are neatly packaged in a slimline jewel case: two discs here offered for the price of one.

The life of Bacewicz, like that of better-known colleagues such as Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, was conditioned by the political and military events of her time. Her works reflected not only these traumas but also the shifting stylistic currents of twentieth-century music.

Her seven string quartets, written between 1938 and 1965, are a telling barometer of these changes. They also stand as a timeline of her resolute compositional outlook and as a testament to her profound understanding of string instruments. String Quartet No. 1 comes after her studies in Paris in 1932 – 35 with Nadia Boulanger (composition), André Touret, and Carl Flesch (both violin), No. 2 was written in Warsaw during World War II, Nos 3, 4, and 5 date from the post-war decade, a time of socialist-realist cultural upheavals, while Nos 6 and 7 were composed during the avant-garde musical explosion that thrust Polish music onto the world stage in the late 1950s.

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 1

I. Moderato - Più mosso

II. Tema con variazioni

III. Vivo

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 2

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Andante

III. Allegro

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 3

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Andante

III. Vivo

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 4

I. Andante - Allegro

II. Andante

III. Allegro giocoso

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 5

I. Moderato

II. Scherzo (Fuga): Giocoso

III. Corale: Largo

IV. Variazioni: Allegro

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 6

I. Andante - Allegro - Andante

II. Vivace

III. Grave

IV. Allegro

Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 7

I. Allegro

II. Grave

III. Con vivezza

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 élan: 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 Grażyna Bacewicz.”

MusicWeb International

20th October 2016

“This is now the favoured option in this repertoire.”

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