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Svara-Yantra

Svara-Yantra


Joanna Kurkowicz, Samir Chatterjee

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rubén Silva, Lukasz Borowicz

Neuma - 450-107

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WHITE, B.: Reliquary / Small World / Chansons d'Amour / Learning to See

WHITE, B.: Reliquary / Small World / Chansons d'Amour / Learning to See


Geoffrey Burleson (piano), Larry Passin (clarinet), Nancy Zeltsman (marimba), Joseph Lin (violin), Joanna Kurkowicz (violin)

New Millennium Ensemble

Albany - TROY626

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Grażyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos, Volume 1

Grażyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos, Volume 1


Bacewicz:

Violin Concerto No. 1

Violin Concerto No. 3 'Highland'

Violin Concerto No. 7

Overture


Joanna Kurkowicz (violin)

Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz

The year 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grazyna Bacewicz. She was regarded by Witold Lutoslawski as ‘a distinguished Polish composer of the twentieth century and one of the foremost women composers of all time’. Bridging the gap between the neo-romanticism of Karol Szymanowski and the modernism of Witold Lutoslawski, she certainly deserves much wider recognition than she has received to date outside of her native country of Poland.

The Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz has previously made a rare recording of Bacewicz’s works for violin and piano on Chandos; which was enthusiastically received. ‘This is music which demands disciplined virtuosity, such as Joanna Kurkowicz has in spades”, wrote Gramophone, while American Record Guide commented, ‘Lovers of fiddle music really can’t have too much of Grazyna Bacewicz’.

Joanna Kurkowicz writes on the current project: ‘For me personally, this recording project is a celebration of a supremely talented composer… My sincere hope is that generations of violinists, teachers and critics will be attracted to Grazyna Bacewicz’s œuvre – especially the violin concertos – and that the quality and originality of Bacewicz’s works will secure them the acclaim they so richly deserve, and their rightful place among the masterpieces of the repertoire.’ About the repertoire on this disc she says: ‘The idea of the present recording, of bringing together Violin Concertos Nos 1, 3 and 7, came to me after the simple realisation that these fabulous works for violin belong among the masterpieces of the violin repertoire… Written by a violinist who knew the technical challenges of the instrument, these works are indeed difficult. But at the same time they seem natural and convey musical ideas with absolute clarity… [Bacewicz’s] choices of sonorities, articulations, tempos – even fingerings – in the musical text suggest a deep understanding of the instrument, which draws me even closer to [the] music.’

“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.” The Guardian, 3rd July 2009 ***

“…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.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

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Alfred Schnittke - Quasi una Sonata

Alfred Schnittke - Quasi una Sonata


Schnittke:

Cello Sonata No. 1

A Paganini for violin solo

Sonata No. 2 (Quasi una Sonata) for violin and piano

Prelude in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich for two violins


Joanna Kurkowicz (violin) and Sergey Schepkin (piano)

Boston Herald: Best of Year 2001

Bridge - BRIDGE9104

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Graznya Bacewicz - Polish Capriccio

Graznya Bacewicz - Polish Capriccio

Works for violin & piano


Bacewicz:

Violin Sonata No. 4

Violin Sonata No. 5

Oberek No. 1

Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo

Partita for Violin & Piano

Capriccio for violin and piano

Polish Capriccio for solo violin


Joanna Kurkowicz (violin), Gloria Chien (piano)

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Grażyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos, Volume 2

Grażyna Bacewicz: Violin Concertos, Volume 2


Bacewicz:

Violin Concerto No. 2

Violin Concerto No. 4

Violin Concerto No. 5


This is Volume 2 in our series devoted to the music of Grażyna Bacewicz who was regarded by Witold Lutosławski as ‘a distinguished Polish composer of the twentieth century and one of the foremost women composers of all time’. Bridging the gap between the neo-romanticism of Karol Szymanowski and the modernism of Witold Lutosławski, she deserves much wider recognition than she has received to date outside her native country of Poland.

The first volume was released in 2009 to worldwide critical acclaim, and the same strong partnership that achieved glowing accolades for the first volume here performs the stylistically diverse and technically brilliant Violin Concertos Nos 2, 4, and 5. On this recording, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz is once more joined by the soloist Joanna Kurkowicz on a Petrus Guarnerius violin dating from 1699.

Praised in Gramophone magazine for ‘disciplined virtuosity’, Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys an active and versatile career as an award-winning soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed on many of the great concert stages of the world, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston, and the Große Saal, Salzburg, and has appeared as a soloist with the likes of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New England String Ensemble.

In the words of Joanna Kurkowicz, this recording project has been ‘a tremendous journey through the incredible music of this fascinating composer… deeply personal and satisfying’, and she continues: ‘These works are like rare stones. You have to find them but once found they shine brilliantly.’

“what impresses most, throughout, is Bacewicz's continual inventiveness: she displays vital rhythmic energy in her fast movements and penetrating expressiveness in the slow ones...Anyone who loves the concertos of Szymanowski, Bloch, Martinu or Bartok will surely adore these works. Every one is a premiere recording, played with fire and passion.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

“All the first movements here have weighty matter at hand - the opening to the Fourth is especially portentous - yet Bacewicz's well-attested quickness of mind skips between subjects and moods like a distracted professor...I can't fault the technical address of Joanna Kurkowicz in thse first recordings but I wonder whether a less highly pressured approach would suit music that's quite intense enough on the page.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

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John Mcdonald: Airy

John Mcdonald: Airy

Music for violin and piano


McDonald, J:

Airy, Op. 436

Brief Pastiche of a Theme by Schoenberg, Op. 15

Four Single-Minded Miniatures, Op. 27

Lily Events - A Suite of Seven Little Studies, Op. 97

Lines after Keats, Op. 336

Lyrical Study, Op. 10, No. 2

Mad Dance, Op. 66

Poem, Op. 12b

Sonata for solo violin, Op. 219

Suite of Six Curt Pieces, Op. 326


Joanna Kurkowicz (violin) & John McDonald (piano)

This recording includes compositions written over a 22 year span, with performances by violinist Joanna Kurkowicz and the composer at the piano.

“McDonald himself describes many of these pieces as 'songs without words'. That certainly works for Poem op.12b and Lily Events, but in general most listeners will likely find such a characterisation misleading, given that the idiom is closer to Schoenberg than it is to Mendelssohn...On the other hand, Joanna Kurkowicz's 1699 Guarneri does indeed sing its way through the recital with dulcet grace.” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013

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MCLOSKEY, L.: Wild Bells / Solsange / Tinted / Glaze / OK-OK

MCLOSKEY, L.: Wild Bells / Solsange / Tinted / Glaze / OK-OK


Leticia Oaks Strong (viola), Timothy Durkovic (piano), Joanna Kurkowicz (violin), Andrew Talle (cello), Nina Ferrigno (piano), Robert Schulz (drums)

Frost Saxophone Quartet, Liber Unusualis, Atlantic Brass Quintet

Albany - TROY1044

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