The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol.15 (Mlynarski and Zarzycki)
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Label: Hyperion - Romantic Violin Concertos
Cat No: CDA67990
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 31st March 2014
WorksViolin Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.11
Violin Concerto no.2 in D major, op.16
Introduction et Cracovienne, op.35
Mazurka in G Major, op.26
ArtistsEugene Ugorski (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
In this latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series, we journey to Poland (in the company of a conductor from that country) for two concertos by Mlynarski and two works for violin and orchestra by Zarzycki (who will be familiar to Romantic Piano Concerto collectors).
Lithuanian-born Emil Mlynarski was the father-in-law of Artur Rubinstein and was appointed director of the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1900. He had a busy international conducting career which included the LSO in London, the Scottish Orchestra and the Philadelphia Grand Opera company. His Violin Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.11, dedicated to Leopold Auer, was written in 1897 and won a prize in the Paderewski Composition Competition. Mlynarski takes as his models the virtuoso works of Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski, and the main mood is a fresh, youthful lyricism. Surprisingly, after its initial success, this Concerto was not played again until Piotr Plawner took it up in 2011.
His Violin Concerto No.2 was premiered by the Warsaw Philharmonic in April 1920, with Pawel Kochanski as soloist and Mlynarski conducting. The concerto has remained in the repertoire of Polish violinists.
Like most Polish composers, including Chopin and Mlynarski, Zarzycki also wrote pieces in the form of the 'krakowiak', a fastish 2/4 dance from the Krakow region. It became popular in Vienna as the 'Krakauer', and in Paris as the 'Cracovienne'. The Introduction et Cracovienne in D major, Op.35, was well liked by violinists in Zarzycki’s own time but amazingly was not recorded until the CD era. The Mazurka on the other hand is the composer’s best-known work and was recorded by Oistrakh, amongst others.
1Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #1 In D Minor, Op. 11 - 1. Allegro Moderato
2Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #1 In D Minor, Op. 11 - 2. Adagio
3Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #1 In D Minor, Op. 11 - 3. Allegro
4Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #2 In D, Op. 16 - 1. Allegro Moderato
5Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #2 In D, Op. 16 - 2. Quasi Notturno: Andante
6Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #2 In D, Op. 16 - 3. Allegro Vivace
7Zarzycki: Introduction & Cracovienne In D, Op. 35 - 1. Introduction: Andantino
8Zarzycki: Introduction & Cracovienne In D, Op. 35 - 2. Cracovienne: Vivace
9Zarzycki: Mazurka In G, Op. 26
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