Grazyna Bacewicz - Complete String Quartets Vol.2 | Naxos 8572807

Grazyna Bacewicz - Complete String Quartets Vol.2


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572807

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th August 2015



Grażyna Bacewicz is now emerging from the shadow of her Polish contemporaries, such as Panufnik and Lutosławski, on the international stage. She constantly sought ways to develop her style and it is this continuous line of development that is perfectly exemplified in her series of string quartets.

String Quartet No.2 was premiered in 1943 in challenging circumstances but attests to her positive spirit. The prize-winning String Quartet No.4 is one of her most performed works, perfectly balancing formal complexity, approachable themes and harmonic sophistication. The powerful and intense String Quartet No.5 is a compositional tour de force.

Bacewicz had many talents: she was a fine pianist, a professional violinist in which capacity she recorded a number of LPs and a composer increasingly recognised. She wrote 7 quartets and each reflect elements of expressionism, neoclassicism and serialism.

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