Muczynski - Chamber Music | Brilliant Classics 95433

Muczynski - Chamber Music


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95433

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 19th May 2017



Ginevra Petrucci (flute)
Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet)
Dorotea Racz (cello)
Dmitry Samogray (piano)


Muczynski, Robert

Cello Sonata, op.25
Duos (6) for flute and clarinet, op.34b
Fantasy Trio, op.26
Flute Sonata, op.14
Time Pieces, op.43


Ginevra Petrucci (flute)
Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet)
Dorotea Racz (cello)
Dmitry Samogray (piano)


Often cited as the most distinguished neoclassical composer of post‐war America, Robert Muczynski (1929‐2010) was born in Chicago to Polish parents. This album of chamber music surveys an output which is always restless and unpredictable thanks to the embrace of both Bartókian harmonies and structures as well as the more lyrical yet open‐ended language of Samuel Barber.

The Cello Sonata of 1968 is often considered to be Muczynski’s chamber music masterpiece, in which the problems of balance and register inherent to the genre are not only solved but transcended with a mastery especially evident in the central Scherzo. From a year later, the Fantasy Trio Op.26 is a welcome addition to the clarinet-cello‐piano trio genre established by Beethoven.

Energy and punchy rhythmic interplay are hallmarks of Muczynski’s music, as the earlier Flute Sonata engagingly demonstrates: in its whimsical, abrupt, headstrong progress through a compact four‐movement form, it may even be considered the most important such work by an American composer.

Muczynski took technical agility and devil-may‐ care confidence for granted in his interpreters; in this case, an international quartet of musicians based in the US. There is an extended booklet essay by the pianist Dmitry Samogray which places both composer and works in invaluable context. Any listeners curious to fill out their appreciation of American music beyond Copland and Bernstein will want to hear this release.

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