ROMAN MACIEJEWSKI (1910-1998): Mazurkas Nos. 1-13 for Piano (Michal Wesolowski), String Trio "Matinata" (Peter Spissky [violin], Torbjörn Helander [viola], Mariusz Kowalski [cello]), Violin Sonata (Spissky [violin], Manlio Giordano [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 07P061
Label: db Productions
Description: The composer wrote around 30 mazurkas over his long life but only the first four are securely dated (to 1929). Far from tepid salon pieces, these are thoroughly modern, taking Szymanowski as a starting point but going in daring harmonic directions, sometimes tonal, sometimes bitonal but never atonal. The trio of 1948 is almost an exact opposite: a charming, pastoral piece of just under ten minutes with the descriptive titles of Night Shadows, Song of Sunrise and The Daily Rush.