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Szymański & Mykietyn - Music for String Quartet (2015)

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Paweł Szymański
1. Five Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 72
2. Five Pieces For String Quartet: Dotted quaver = ...
3. Five Pieces For String Quartet: Quaver = 72 ...
4. Five Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 90
5. Five Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 48

6. Four Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 90
7. Four Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 60
8. Four Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 120
9. Four Pieces For String Quartet: Crotchet = 40

10. Two Pieces For String Quartet: Quaver = 60
11. Two Pieces For String Quartet: Quaver = 60

Paweł Mykietyn
12. String Quartet No 2 

Royal String Quartet:
Izabella Szałaj-Zimak – I violin
Elwira Przybyłowska – II violin
Marek Czech – viola
Michał Pepol – cello


The official titles of the works performed here are not helpful: what they conceal are the most extraordinary soundworlds from two composers at the vanguard of the contemporary Polish music scene, and the magicians of the Royal String Quartet summon from their instruments sounds of collective and individual wonder.

This is music to grab the attention of its audience—whether willing or not—and it will leave listeners emphatically having chosen a side of the fence. ---hyperion-records.co.uk


The Royal String Quartet may sound like the name of a British ensemble, but this release on Britain's Hyperion label is otherwise Polish all the way: the group and both composers come from Poland. The composers represented are well known in Poland but not elsewhere, and on the evidence here they ought to be more widely played. The three sets of pieces for string quartet by Pavel Szymanski, born in 1954, are especially intriguing. They have a common language, based in Witold Lutoslawski's economical interval-based structures, despite ranging in composition date from 1982 to 2013. But a sense of humor present in the early Two Pieces for string quartet flowers in the later sets; Szymanski may begin with a conventional gesture (such as a passage that might have come from a Classical-era string quartet) but then let it run out of gas or fall to the ground in downward glissandos, and finally generate a simple set of pitches. The music is not minimalist or neo-Romantic, but it is absolutely accessible and engaging; Szymanski, perhaps, has found a middle ground between the Polish modernism of the middle 20th century and more contemporary and simple trends. The String Quartet No. 2 (2006) of Pawel Mykietyn was composed for the Kronos Quartet and explores microtonal structures in a similarly accessible way. The Royal String Quartet achieves the silent, sparse textures required in the Szymanski pieces without trouble. Strongly recommended for those interested in new trends in Eastern European music. ---James Manheim, AllMusic Review


Po niedawnych płytach hyperionu, odkrywających prace polskich kompozytorów romantycznych (także tych mniej znanych) , przyszedł czas na współczesną awangardę i dwóch, bodajże najważniejszych jej przedstawicieli, Pawła Szymańskiego i Pawła Mykietyna. Ich kwartety smyczkowe to wielce osobliwe dzieła, łączące eksperymentalne techniki wykonawcze z nietuzinkową atmosferą, w doskonały sposób tworzoną przez instrumentalistów z Royal String Quartet. ---empik.com

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