KRZYSZTOF MEYER (b.1943): Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 99, WITOLD SZALONEK (1927-2000): Cello Sonata, JERZY BAUER (b.1936): Passacaglia almost in Old Style, WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994): Metamorphoses, BARTOSZ SMORAGIEWICZ (b.1978): 3 Bagatelles for Solo Cello.

Catalogue Number: 07R060

Label: Dux

Reference: 1155

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This recital begins and ends with substantial sonatas in more or less traditional form. Szalonek's 1958 three-movement specimen is a curious mixture of inter-war post-romanticism that sounds not a little like Prokofiev, and a rather more modern, less tonal idiom that anticipates, but does not by any means fully embrace, the avant-garde free-for-all that Polish music enjoyed after the relaxation of official strictures. The four-movement Meyer, from 2003, is a warmly expressive work that harks back to the mid-20th century mainstream, with more than a suggestion of Shostakovich's influence. A substantial opening movement is followed by a fleet scherzo, a brief but serious and intense intermezzo, and after a dramatic cadennza, a large-scale finale. Smoragiewicz' little Bagatelles, receiving their world premiere recordings hare, hint at influences outside the normal cello repertoire; the first evokes a guitar, the last has something of the drive of popular music. The Bauer begins with a modern-sounding introduction, then turns into a traditional passacaglia, very reminiscent of Shostakovich; at first sober and reserved, but progressively becoming lighter-hearted and dancelike. Izabella Buchowska (cello), Jakub Tchorzewski (piano).

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