Polish Works for Two Violins: Bacewicz, Paciorkiewicz, Spisak & Weinberg | Dux DUX1887

Polish Works for Two Violins: Bacewicz, Paciorkiewicz, Spisak & Weinberg

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Label: Dux

Cat No: DUX1887

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st April 2023

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This new release from DUX presents 20th-century works for violin duo by Polish composers, performed here by Polish violinists Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak.

Among the composers whose works we can hear on the album, Grażyna Bacewicz occupies a prominent place. Both her Suite for Two Violins (1943) and Easy Duets on Folk Themes for Two Violins (1945), meant for didactic purposes, charm with Bacewicz's typical precision and clarity of structure and interesting melodies. The Sonatina for Two Violins by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz also refers to Neoclassicism, although the harmony of the piece is more complex, and its expressive values differ from the subdued emotions typical of that era. The next composition, Michał Spisak's Suite for Two Violins, also deviates from the Neoclassical model; despite its declarative title, it is a mysterious work with the narrative element in the dominant role. The last piece presented, Sonata for Two Violins, is a work by Mieczysław Weinberg, a Polish composer of Jewish origin whose music is currently being discovered after years of neglect.

Reviews

Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak [] are completely in tune with each other (pun intended). Their timing, their reverence for the music and their enjoyment are on full display. Highly recommended.
MusicWeb International

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