This is the third CD in a series dedicated to a type of repertoire that is rare in contemporary music; namely, transcriptions for two pianos. Once again, we set out to discover, first and foremost, the extraordinary space of Roman Maciejewski’s imagination and musical fascinations.
Alfred Schnittke – author of three operas, ten symphonies as well as numerous concert and chamber works – had a complex and confusing identity.
Baroque music, early 20th-century compositions, and… negro spirituals. What brings these elements of a varied and apparently incoherent repertoire together into an attractive whole is the extraordinary figure of Roman Maciejewski.
For every musician and music lover, discovering a new work is a great joy and satisfaction.
“The String Quartet that Weinberg completed in May 1937 bears no resemblance to the music that young Warsaw composers were fascinated with at that time."
The protagonists of our recording lived and worked in a country that officially did not exist, dependent on the whims of sometimes less, sometimes more strict censors, dreamed of a career in a large, free Europe, and at the same time were doomed to struggle to raise the meagre level of local cultural life.
The programme of this album has several threads that allow you to listen to it in many ways.
Eduard Hanslick called Symphony No. 1 ‘Appassionata’, it is sometimes also called ‘Pathetique’. It is said to be Bee-thoven’s ‘10th Symphony’.