The Polish Tradition
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This recording highlights the wealth of Polish music for violin and piano from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

This recording's selections exemplify many of the features found throughout the extensive but largely little known body of Polish violin-keyboard writing. The wide stylistic variety parallels the diversity within Poland's cultural traditions shaped, in turn, by a long history of frequently changed borders and territorial makeup. Starting long before Poland's culturally progressive "Golden Age" (mid 15th-16th centuries), these connections occurred through trade, religious, intellectual, artistic, marriage and other contacts. As a result, this music, like the rest of Poland's culture, is generally western-oriented but sometimes includes distinctive eastern elements. Folk elements are often equally important. Most obvious is the use of Polish dances, e.g. the mazurka, but dance-related rhythmic figures, or their characteristic accents on normally less-strong beats or rhythmic subdivisions are often transplanted to non-dance settings. The historical association of Polish folk traditions with fiddles and then the violin itself (long Poland's most popular folk instrument), is so close that Poland's classical violin performance tradition reaching back to c. 1500 can also be considered to be an extension of her much longer folk practice. While the earliest of Poland's many widely-famous violinists date from the 19th century, numbers of Polish violinists were already known for their high level of performing throughout Europe in the 16th century. Likewise, effective keyboard writing on this CD reflects a rich Polish keyboard tradition, sometimes with the composer being either a performing pianist (like Chopin and Paderewski) or able to play the instrument with a high degree of accomplishment (Bacewicz).
Contents:
Adam Wrónski, composer
Mazurka "My Dreams"
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, composer
Variatons, op. 4 for violin and piano
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Juliusz Zarebski, composer
Kolysanka (Lullaby), op. 22
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Poldowski, composer
Phryné
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Józef Elsner, composer
Sonata in F major, op. 10, no. 1
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Frédéric Chopin/Fritz Kreisler, composer
Mazurka in a minor, op. 67, no. 4
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Henryk Wieniawski, composer
La Ménétrier (Dudziarz), op. 19, no. 2
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
Witraz (Stained-Glass Window)
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Bronislaw K. Przbylski, composer
Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Ignacy Jan Paderewski/Fritz Kreisler, composer
Melodie, op. 16, no. 2
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Henryk Wieniawski, composer
Obertas, op. 19, no. 1
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Emil Mlynarski, composer
Slavonic Cradle Song, op. 4, no. 2
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Karol Szymanowski/Paul Kochánski, composer
Dance from "Harnasie"
Tyrone Greive, violin, Ellen Burmeister, piano

Review:
"...a fine acquisition for anyone interested in exploring some lesser known repertory..." (American Record Guide
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