Polish Romantic Guitar Works

Mateusz Kowalski

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Format: CD

Cat No: NIFCCD118

Release Date:  16 April 2021

Label:  NIFCCD

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5906395034574

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    Polish romantic guitar music interpreted by an eminent guitar virtuoso, Mateusz Kowalski. It is not popular knowledge that these were the Poles who contributed significantly to the fame and popularity of the guitar in its capacity of a virtuoso instrument holding an important place in the art of music. Masters of interpretation, improvisation, and composition captivated the highest echelons of the creme de la creme, connoisseurs of all things beautiful, and broad audiences. Hailed the king of the guitar, Stanislaw Szczepanowski used to play for the British Queen Victoria, Marek Konrad Sokolowski enjoyed the moniker of "the Byron of guitar" and Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz was recognised by his contemporaries as, believe it or not, "the Chopin of the guitar". This new CD contains Chopin's Mazurkas transcribed for the guitar by Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz, and the great Pole's Variations on a theme from Mozart's Don Giovanni (La ci darem la mano), Marek Sokolowski's and Felix Horecki's miniatures, and Stanislaw Szczepanowski's Variations on the theme of the Polish anthem, whose concept must have been born while the composer was improvising at a Polish emigre reunion in Paris, whose main hero was Adam Mickiewicz himself. The album is a rare gem not only for the contemporary aficionados of the guitar. It is another memorable recording in the Institute's catalogue, important for the extremely valuable Polish music it contains: an opening of another approach to Chopin legacy in an extensive cultural context. This is also an exceptional recording by an outstanding Polish guitarist of the young generation. All things told: here comes the pure joy of listening.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. SZCZEPANOWSKI: Une Larme. Morceau Expresif
      • 2. CHOPIN: Mazurka In A Minor, Op. 7 No. 2
      • 3. BOBROWICZ: Variations On A Theme Ukrainian Song, Op. 7
      • 4. CHOPIN: Mazurka In B Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 1
      • 5. BOBROWICZ: Distraction. Rondeau Brillant Et Facile Op. 17
      • 6. HORECKI: Fantasy, Opus 40
      • 7. SOKOLOWSKI: The Post: A Musical Image
      • 8. BOBROWICZ: Grande Variations On Themes ‘La Ci Darem La Mano’, Op. 6
      • 9. CHOPIN (Trans. Bobrowicz): Mazurka In A Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 4
      • 10. Mazurka In E Major, Op. 6 No. 3
      • 11. Mazurka In F Minor, Op. 7 No. 3
      • 12. Mazurka In E Flat Minor, Op. 6 No. 4
      • 13. Mazurka In C Sharp Minor, Op. 6 No. 2
      • 14. Mazurka In F Sharp Minor, Op. 6 No. 1
      • 15. SOKOLOWSKI: Etude In D Major
      • 16. SZCZEPANOWSKI: Variations On Themes ‘Poland Has Not Yet Perished’