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Bacewicz: Violin Concertos, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011


Krakow Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Lukasz Borowicz

Joanna Kurkowicz



Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw


Gabriela Blicharz

Lech Dudzik

Ralph Couzens



Gabriela Blicharz

Lech Dudzik

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 80:01
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  premiere recordings  

Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Orchestra (1951)

1 I Allegro non troppo - Poco meno (non troppo) - Poco più - Tempo I - Cadenza - [Tempo I] 11:12
2 II Andante tranquillo 8:00
3 III Vivace - Poco meno mosso - Poco avvivando - Tempo I - Poco meno - Tempo I 7:22

Concerto No. 5 for Violin and Orchestra (1954)

4 I Deciso - Più mosso - Poco meno (ma non troppo) - Poco a poco avvivando - 9:20
5 II Andante - Molto tranquillo - Espressivo - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso (Tempo II) - 7:47
6 III Vivace - Energico - Meno mosso (ma non troppo ) - Tempo I 5:28

Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (1945)

7 I Allegro ma non troppo - Cadenza - [Tempo I] 14:18
8 II Andante 6:29
9 III Vivo 10:05

Bacewicz: Violin Concertos Nos 2, 4, and 5 – Joanna Kurkowicz, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz

This is Volume 2 in Chandos’ series devoted to the published violin concertos of Gra?yna Bacewicz who 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 deserves much wider recognition than she has received to date outside her native Poland.

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’. She concludes: ‘These works are like rare stones. You have to find them but once found they shine brilliantly.’

“... The performances are exemplary. Kurkowicz, as she has shown in the preceding Chandos releases, has a real feel for Bacewicz’s idiom and the technical ability to deal with its virtuosic demands. She is the star of the show throughout, quite rightly, but is ably supported by orchestra, conductor and a typically fine Chandos recording ...”

Guy Rickards – Tempo  - October 2012

             Music *****      Sound *****

Giselher Schubert  - Fono Forum - January 2012

"...Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz plays with precision, tonal purity, intelligence, and zest (tearing through Bacewicz’s many demanding cadenzas) and she, along with the very able Polish
RSO under Likasz Borowicz, is recorded in vivid, powerful sonics..."

Lehman - American Record Guide - November/December 2011

“...Not only Kurkowicz but the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lukasz Borowicz clearly love this music. Their impassioned performances have been beautifully recorded at Polish Radio’s Withold Lutoslawski Concert Hall in Warsaw...”

Ivan Moody – International Record Review – December 2011

           Performance *****          Recording *****

“This is a superb follow-up to Joanna Kurkowicz’s first disc of Violin Concertos by Grazyna Bacewicz... Anyone who loves the concertos of Szymanowski, Bloch, martinu or Bartok will surely adore these works. Everyone is a premiere recording, played with fire and passion.”

Calum MacDonald – BBC Music Magazine – October 2011

“... Joanna Kurkowicz proves the ideal exponent of these impassioned scores... Lukasz Borowicz and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra sound equally captivated by Bacewicz’s exuberant invention and the sumptuous yet detailed engineering is beyond reproach.”

Julian Haylock – The Strad – September 2011

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