A Krzanowski & G Krzanowska - String Quartets | Dux DUX1891

A Krzanowski & G Krzanowska - String Quartets


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Label: Dux

Cat No: DUX1891

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 14th April 2023



This new CD features works for string quartet by contemporary Polish composers, Andrzej (1951-1990) and Grażyna (b. 1952) Krzanowski.

Andrzej Krzanowski's String Quartet no.3 (1988), crowns the already mature output of the prematurely deceased artist. Dedicated to Witold Lutosławski, the work contains numerous self-quotes and draws from a wide range of expressive musical means.

In turn, Grażyna Krzanowska's two quartets and the Adagietto for string quartet are seemingly radically different from each other, yet imbued with a similar emotional atmosphere. The narrative of String Quartet no.2, is defined by a programme expressing the quest and the hesitation between seriousness and fun. String Quartet no.3 is also based on contrasts, as it oscillates between a choral cantilena and a "savage," exuberant dance. The Adagietto also contains numerous motifs, which is reflected in the musical layer of the piece;it is very heterogeneous, using various stylistic means.

The Krzanowski couple's compositions are performed here by the Antarja Quartet, an ensemble whose repertoire includes many contemporary Polish pieces. It consists of Barbara Mglej (violin), Maria Nowak (violin) and Elżbieta Mudlaff (violin - until 2020), Magdalena Cmielowiec-Kozioł (viola) and Martyna Sołtys (cello).

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