IGNAZ FRIEDMAN (1882-1948): Piano Quintet in C Minor, LUDOMIR RÓŻYCKI (1883-1953): Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 35.
Catalogue Number: 09S044
Reference: CDA 68124
Description: Unlike what you might expect from his solo piano pieces, Friedman proves to be a rather self-effacing pianist-composer in his big, 37-minute quintet from 1918. It’s notable for its poetic tone and is not a vehicle for keyboard virtuosity and can be sweet-toned as well as darkly expressive and the whole thing ends in quite reminiscence rather than blazing affirmation or giddy optimism. The large-scale, three-movement, 41-minute quintet is a work of almost symphonic proportions, throbbing with a virile late Romanticism spiced ever so slightly but tellingly with the dark Expressionism coming to the fore in the period in which it was composed (1913). We offered a Polish recording of it on Acte Préalable in January 2013 (01O041). Jonathan Plowright (piano), Symanowski Quartet.