Grazyna Bacewicz: Complete violin sonatas (Muso)

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Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Grazyna Bacewicz: Complete violin sonatas"The missing voice in modern Polish music is female. At the time of her early death, aged 59, in 1969, two contemporaries of Grazyna Bacewicz, Lutoslawski and Penderecki, were world famous and two others, Panufnik and Gorecki, were laying down tracks for the future. Poland punched well above its weight on the musical map, yet Bacewicz, alive or after, was barely heard.

This was not a direct consequence of male prejudice; Lutoslawski, for one, had great respect for her music, as did David Oistrakh. Rather, it was due to personal shyness, allied to an inability or an unwillingness to begin a work with an assertive, upbeat statement. The way Bacewicz composed was to sidle into a room with murmured courtesies before drawing the listener quietly into a conversation of increasing fascination.

An accomplished violinist and friend, the eight works on this release for violin and piano reveal as much as we are likely ever to know about her inner world. There is Bachian ambivalence in her 1941 sonata – Bach might have been linked in her mind with the brutal German occupation – and a concealed modernism in the Partita of 1955, albeir a modernism that is designed not to offend the Communist regime. Every work of Bacewicz informs us that her life was hard and her freedoms limited. But once the conversation starts, you really don’t want it to end.

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The excellent players here are Annabelle Berthomé-Reynolds (violin) and Ivon Donchev (piano). They really get it.


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Norman Lebrecht is a prolific writer on music and cultural affairs. His blog, Slipped Disc, is one of the most popular sites for cultural news. He presents The Lebrecht Interview on BBC Radio 3 and is a contributor to several publications, including the Wall Street Journal and The Standpoint. Visit every Friday for his weekly CD review // Norman Lebrecht est un rédacteur prolifique couvrant les événements musicaux et Slipped Disc, est un des plus populaires sites de nouvelles culturelles. Il anime The Lebrecht Interview sur la BBC Radio 3 et collabore à plusieurs publications, dont The Wall Street Journal et The Standpoint. Vous pouvez lire ses critiques de disques chaque vendredi.

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