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The Szymanowski Trip

Szymanowski Quartet

The Szymanowski Trip

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535002
Catnr: AVI 8553500
Release date: 30 October 2015
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CAvi
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AVI 8553500
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30 October 2015
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Since its beginnings in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most remarkable string quartets of the younger generation. Sophisticated programming, along with a consummate interpretative balance between passion and intellect, are among the virtues which send its audiences into raptures. The Szymanowski Quartet studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. In parallel with its frequent concert appearances, the Quartet continues to refine its musical skills by working regularly above all with Isaac Stern, Walter Levin and the Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets. Most recently it has entered into fruitful musical dialogue with Alfred Brendel. Numerous awards at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka and Florence confirm the Quartet’s extraordinarily high standard. Since autumn 2000 the Szymanowski Quartet has been teaching its own chamber music class at the Hochschule für Musik in the city of Hanover, where all four members have their home base. In 2005 the ensemble was honoured with the Szymanowski Award by the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw, given on that occasion for the first time in its history to a string quartet. In 2007 the Polish government invested the Quartet with its honorary medal for outstanding service to Polish culture. In 2008 the Szymanowski Quartet founded the Lviv Chamber Music Festival in Ukraine, thus focusing its most recent project on the historical city of Lviv, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to the Polish border. As musical “boundary-crossers” themselves, the Quartet’s members thus wish to make a lasting contribution towards active international cultural exchange, inviting well-known colleagues to perform alongside them at the Festival. Not only has the Quartet made numerous appearances at renowned musical venues in New York, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm, but it is also frequently invited to perform at various top-notch festivals. Regularly on tour in the US and Canada, the Szymanowski Quartet has performed in well-known concert series in the cities of New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Montreal.
Seit seinen Anfängen im Jahr 1995 hat sich das Szymanowski Quartett zu einem der bemerkenswertesten Streichquartette der jüngeren Generation entwickelt. Eine ausgefeilte Programmgestaltung sowie eine perfekte interpretatorische Balance zwischen Leidenschaft und Intellekt gehören zu den Tugenden, mit denen es sein Publikum in Verzückung versetzt. Das Szymanowski Quartett studierte Kammermusik bei Hatto Beyerle an der Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. Parallel zu seinen häufigen Konzertauftritten verfeinert das Quartett seine musikalischen Fähigkeiten durch die regelmäßige Zusammenarbeit vor allem mit Isaac Stern, Walter Levin und den Quartetten Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard und Guarneri. In jüngster Zeit ist es in einen fruchtbaren musikalischen Dialog mit Alfred Brendel getreten. Zahlreiche Auszeichnungen bei Wettbewerben in Melbourne, Osaka und Florenz bestätigen das außerordentlich hohe Niveau des Quartetts. Seit Herbst 2000 unterrichtet das Szymanowski Quartett eine eigene Kammermusikklasse an der Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, wo alle vier Mitglieder ihren Lebensmittelpunkt haben. Im Jahr 2005 wurde das Ensemble von der Karol-Szymanowski-Stiftung in Warschau mit dem Szymanowski-Preis geehrt, der zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte der Stiftung an ein Streichquartett vergeben wurde. Im Jahr 2007 verlieh die polnische Regierung dem Quartett die Ehrenmedaille für besondere Verdienste um die polnische Kultur. 2008 gründete das Szymanowski Quartett das Lviv Chamber Music Festival in der Ukraine und konzentrierte damit sein jüngstes Projekt auf die historische Stadt Lviv, ein UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe in der Nähe der polnischen Grenze. Als musikalische Grenzgänger" wollen die Mitglieder des Quartetts damit einen nachhaltigen Beitrag zu einem regen internationalen Kulturaustausch leisten und laden namhafte Kollegen ein, mit ihnen beim Festival aufzutreten. Das Quartett hat nicht nur zahlreiche Auftritte in renommierten Musikhäusern in New York, London, Amsterdam, Wien, Paris, Berlin und Stockholm absolviert, sondern wird auch regelmäßig zu verschiedenen hochkarätigen Festivals eingeladen. Das Szymanowski Quartett ist regelmäßig auf Tournee in den USA und Kanada und hat in den Städten New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vancouver und Montreal an bekannten Konzertreihen teilgenommen.

Artist(s)

Szymanowski Quartet

Since its beginnings in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most remarkable string quartets of the younger generation. Sophisticated programming, along with a consummate interpretative balance between passion and intellect, are among the virtues which send its audiences into raptures. The Szymanowski Quartet studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. Most recently it has entered into fruitful musical dialogue with Alfred Brendel. In parallel with its frequent concert appearances, the Quartet continues to refine its musical skills by working regularly above all with Isaac Stern, Walter Levin and the Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets. Numerous awards at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka and Florence confirm the Quartet’s extraordinarily high standard. Since autumn 2000 the Szymanowski Quartet has been...
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Since its beginnings in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most remarkable string quartets of the younger generation. Sophisticated programming, along with a consummate interpretative balance between passion and intellect, are among the virtues which send its audiences into raptures. The Szymanowski Quartet studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. Most recently it has entered into fruitful musical dialogue with Alfred Brendel. In parallel with its frequent concert appearances, the Quartet continues to refine its musical skills by working regularly above all with Isaac Stern, Walter Levin and the Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets. Numerous awards at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka and Florence confirm the Quartet’s extraordinarily high standard. Since autumn 2000 the Szymanowski Quartet has been teaching its own chamber music class at the Hochschule für Musik in the city of Hanover, where all four members have their home base.
In 2005 the ensemble was honoured with the Szymanowski Award by the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw, given on that occasion for the first time in its history to a string quartet. In 2007 the Polish government invested the Quartet with its honorary medal for outstanding service to Polish culture.
In 2008 the Szymanowski Quartet founded the Lviv Chamber Music Festival in Ukraine, thus focusing its most recent project on the historical city of Lviv, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located close to the Polish border. As musical “boundary-crossers” themselves, the Quartet’s members thus wish to make a lasting contribution towards active international cultural exchange, inviting well-known colleagues to perform alongside them at the Festival.
Not only has the Quartet made numerous appearances at renowned musical venues in New York, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm, but it is also frequently invited to perform at various top-notch festivals. Regularly on tour in the US and Canada, the Szymanowski Quartet has performed in well-known concert series in the cities of New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Montreal.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music.  He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous...
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Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music. He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous and plunged him into a deep crisis. Yet, the passionate letters of his fiance, even though they barely knew each other, did inspire him to compose his succesful opera Evgenij Onegin. Tchaikovsky had the wonderful gift of composing the most beautiful, lyric melodies. He had a feeling for creating a certain atmosphere in his music and mastered the art of orchestration. Moreover, he excelled in dance music, which made him the ideal composer for ballet. With his ballets The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker he brought the genre to a higher level. During his life, he was already a celebrity. He often did tours to conduct his music and in the USA he was welcomed as a star. He died unexpectedly, nine days after the premiere of his incredibly gloomy Sixth Symphony, probably of cholera. Some other highlights of his body of works are his First Piano Concerto, his Violin Concerto and the Rococo-variations.
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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev was born in the countryside of Ukraine. He studied from 1903 at the conservatory of St Petersburg, under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoli Liadov among others. He was educated as a composer, pianist and conductor. Initially, he made a name for himself as a pianist. In 1918, he left the Soviet Union for the USA, but wasn't able to succeed, and he decided to move to Paris in 1920. His concert tours brought him back to the Soviet Union in 1927, who lured him back for good in 1936. Prokofiev died in march 1953, on the same day as Joseph Stalin. Prokofiev is considered as one of the greatest Russian composers of the twentieth century, even though he wasn't a...
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Sergei Prokofiev was born in the countryside of Ukraine. He studied from 1903 at the conservatory of St Petersburg, under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoli Liadov among others. He was educated as a composer, pianist and conductor. Initially, he made a name for himself as a pianist. In 1918, he left the Soviet Union for the USA, but wasn't able to succeed, and he decided to move to Paris in 1920. His concert tours brought him back to the Soviet Union in 1927, who lured him back for good in 1936. Prokofiev died in march 1953, on the same day as Joseph Stalin.
Prokofiev is considered as one of the greatest Russian composers of the twentieth century, even though he wasn't a great innovator. He generally applied the strict classical forms and structures to his works and focused on a classical tonality, with a few exceptions of expressive dissonants and incidental bitonality. Yet, he is only explicitly neoclassicistic in his popular 'Classical Symphony', his first symphony composed in 1917. Many of his works show his humour, while his later works presented his darker, more serious side. One of his best known works is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf, which is popular among children all over the world.
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Disc #1
01.
Nocturne & Tarantella Op. 28: I.
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(Karol Szymanowski, Szymanowski Quartet, Sergei Prokofiev)
02.
Nocturne & Tarantella Op. 28: II.
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(Maurice Ravel, Szymanowski Quartet, Sergei Prokofiev)
03.
String Quartet in F Major: I.
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(Szymon Laks, Szymanowski Quartet, Sergei Prokofiev)
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String Quartet in F Major: II.
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String Quartet in F Major: III.
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06.
String Quartet in F Major: IV.
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07.
String Quartet No. 3: I.
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String Quartet No. 3: II.
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String Quartet No. 3: III.
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10.
String Quartet No. 3: IV.
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Disc #2
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String Quartet in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: I.
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(Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Tchaikovsky, Myroslaw Skoryk) Szymanowski Quartet
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String Quartet in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: II.
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(Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Tchaikovsky, Myroslaw Skoryk) Szymanowski Quartet
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String Quartet in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: III.
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(Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Tchaikovsky, Myroslaw Skoryk) Szymanowski Quartet
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String Quartet in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: IV.
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(Sergei Prokofiev, Peter Tchaikovsky, Myroslaw Skoryk) Szymanowski Quartet
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String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor “Quartettsatz”: I.
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String Quartet No. 1 in C Major Op. 37: I.
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String Quartet No. 1 in C Major Op. 37: II.
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String Quartet No. 1 in C Major Op. 37: III.
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09.
Slow Movement for String Quartet
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Disc #3
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String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56: I.
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String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56: II.
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03.
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56: III.
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String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: I.
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String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: II.
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String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: III.
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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major , Op. 11: I.
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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major , Op. 11: II.
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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major , Op. 11: III.
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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major , Op. 11: IV.
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11.
Melody in A
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