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Karol Szymanowski - Varsovia String Quartet - String Quartets N° 1 And 2 download album
Performer: Karol Szymanowski
Title: String Quartets N° 1 And 2
Style: Modern
Year 1982
Genre: Classical
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Karol Szymanowski - Varsovia String Quartet - String Quartets N° 1 And 2 download album

Recorded in Poland by Polskie Nagrania (on CD label). A Co-production with Pavane Records, Belgium. on inlay card and liner booklet back page) Made in England by DISCTRONICS (on CD label) Made in England by Disctronics (Europe) Ltd. (on inlay card and liner booklet back page) OLYMPIA ℗ 1989 (on CD label)

String Quartet No. 1 in C major Op. 37 is a composition for string quartet by Karol Szymanowski. It was the first of the two string quartets composed by Szymanowski. The work is from 1917 during his middle period. It is notable for its "polytonal" third movement, which contains four key signatures in its written four parts: the first violin with 3 sharps, the second violin with 6 sharps, the viola with 3 flats, and the cello with no flats or sharps.

The Quartet's complicated architecture its matched by equally sophisticated colour effects produced, one on hand, by a number of modern, dissonant and sharp chords and, on the other hand, by rare articulatory combinations (such as flageolets of three instruments) and a changing, lively polyphonic texture. String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56 was first performed by the Warsaw String Quartet in Warsaw on 14th May 1929

The two string quartets by Polish fin de siècle composer Karol Szymanowski are not altogether unknown. There have been four digital recordings of the works prior to the release of this one by the Royal String Quartet on Hyperion in 2008. But the single string quartet by Szymanowski's slightly younger and much longer lived contemporary Ludomir Rózycki included here is a world-premiere recording and joining it with the works of his better known countryman was a keen-sighted programming decision.

String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 37. By Karol Szymanowski. 1. I. Lento assai - Allegro moderato. 2. II. Andantino semplice. In modo d'una canzone - Adagio dolcissimo - Lento assai.

Get the Tempo of the tracks from String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Langsamer Satz (1992) by Karol Szymanowski. This album has an average beat per minute of 94 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 70/124 BPM). Tracklist String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Langsamer Satz.

The Varsovia Quartet's performance is passioned and daring. The piece showcases the many previously unorthodox playing styles that have come along with this new movement of classical. Are you a fan of Edgar Varese, Gyorgy Ligeti, Kronos Quartet, Sonic Youth or Olivier Messiaen?

The String Quartets of Karol Szymanowski were hard to find in the LP era. One had to scout for the recordings by the Wilanow Quartet on the Polish label Muza. The situation was lamentable: Szymanowski's both String Quartets belong to the masterpieces in the genre composed in the first half of the 20th Century. Szymanowski's style is entirely personal, intensely lyrical (even evoking Schoenberg's Transfigured Night in the First String Quartet), shimmering with subtle and sensuous colors, with, especially in the Second Quartet, sinuous and sensuous melodies inspired by the music of the Near-East.


Quatuor À Cordes / String Quartet N°1, Op. 37
A1 1. Lento Assai. Allegro Moderato
A2 2. Andantino Semplica, In Modo D'una Canzona
A3 3. Vivace. Scherzando Alla Burlesca. Vivace Ma Non Troppo
Quatuor À Cordes / String Quartet N°2, Op. 56
B1 1. Moderato Dolce E Tranquillo
B2 2. Vivace, Scherzando
B3 3. Lento. Moderato

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  • Distributed By – Apollon-Diskport, Tokyo


  • Cello [Varsovia String Quartet] – Wojciech Walasek
  • Composed By – Karol Szymanowski
  • Ensemble – Varsovia String Quartet
  • Photography By – Romualda Dupré
  • Producer [Production] – A. de Wouters d'Oplinter*
  • Sleeve Notes – Joanna Bruzdowicz
  • Viola [Varsovia String Quartet] – Artur Paciorkiewicz
  • Violin [Varsovia String Quartet] – Boguslaw Bruczkowski, Krzysztof Bruczkowski


Fold-out sleeve.

Liner notes in French, English and German.

DMM recording (Warsaw, September 1982)

Distributed in France by Adda (sticker)

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