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Zygmunt Stojowski (1870-1946)
Complete Works for Violin and Piano
AP0249 , DDD - TT: 74'38"
Copyright (R)2011, (C)2011
World Premiere Recording

  1. Sonata for violin and piano no. 1 in G major op. 13
  2. Sonata for violin and piano no. 2 in E major op. 37
  3. Romance for violin and piano op. 20
  4. Mélodie for violin and piano
  5. Aubade for violin and piano

Kalinowska-Grohs Irena, violin
Pakura Barbara, piano

booklet: Arkadiusz Jedrasik (Polish, English)

Zygmunt Stojowski was the first Polish composer who the New York Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated an entire symphonic concert. His compositions were performed by the most eminent artists of the day. We may be witnessing a kind of renaissance of his compositional output, but whether these proverbial swallows will bring the summer or not still remains to be seen. There is a whole lot of his works still waiting to be re-edited and re-launched into the concert repertory and record market circulation. Modern recordings are an actual benchmark of music's popularity and vitality. Stojowski's trademarks have always been his cantilenas, long melodious phrases linked with brilliant virtuosity, and tonality with elements of polyphony; features that are so much loved by music experts and enthusiasts alike. His symphonic works are generally speaking monumental forms with huge, gorgeous and spectacular orchestrations. His chamber pieces are usually dominated by the piano part, which is also the most expanded one. Stojowski's oeuvre may be briefly characterised as wonderfully engaging and tuneful music. Its most notable traits are rich lyricism and complex chromaticism. As such it has a lot in common with the output of Fryderyk Chopin, Zygmunt Noskowski and Władysław Żeleński.