Bacewicz - Complete String Quartets
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Cat No: CHAN109042
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st July 2016
WorksString Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.2
String Quartet no.3
String Quartet no.4
String Quartet no.5
String Quartet no.6
String Quartet no.7
The life of Bacewicz, like that of better-known colleagues such as Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, was conditioned by the political and military events of her time. Her works reflected not only these traumas but also the shifting stylistic currents of twentieth-century music.
Her seven string quartets, written between 1938 and 1965, are a telling barometer of these changes. The also stand as a timeline of her resolute compositional outlook and as a testament to her profound understanding of string instruments. String Quartet No.1 comes after her studies in Paris in 1932–35 with Nadia Boulanger (composition), André Touret, and Carl Flesch (both violin), No.2 was written in Warsaw during World War II, Nos 3, 4, and 5 date from the post-war decade, a time of socialist-realist cultural upheavals, while Nos 6 and 7 were composed during the avant-garde musical explosion that thrust Polish music onto the world stage in the late 1950s.
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