MACIEJ MALECKI (b.1940): String Quartets Nos. 1-3, The Dream of Frédéric.
Catalogue Number: 02O073
Label: Acte Préalable
Description: Malecki's quartets fall broadly speaking into the neo-romantic category, with most of their material firmly based in tonality. The composer does not shy away from more modern gestures here and there - hints of Lutoslawski here and there, some passing quarter-tones - but these are mainly used as dramatic punctuation, before the classically structured, romantic argument is recommenced. The first and second quartets employ ostinato figuration and vigorous motoric drive to propel their faster sections; a strain of melancholy melody in the first is further developed in the second, which in places strongly recalls Ravel's quartet. The much more recent third quartet is the most neo-romantic in style, with a sustained mood of melancholy and pathos, seeming to imply some (unspecified) program, with even the rapid motion of the central episode suggesting some 'wind over the graves' connotation. Dream is an homage to Chopin, with fragments from several familiar works reimagined and transmuted in an appropriately dreamlike atmosphere. Opium String Quartet.