"Jerzy Kaplanek, a distinguished member of the Penderecki Quartet, and pianist Stéphan Sylvestre form an
outstanding duo whose deep musical sympathies allow them to think as one... In the D minor Sonata they triumph
[by] imparting a beguiling sensuality and volubility to Szymanowski’s stream of consciousness that is highly
compelling... An outstanding release." - Julian Haylock, The Strad Magazine, September 2014
The power of Szymanowski’s music lies in its sultry
sensuousness, an expressive world in and onto itself.
Paradoxically, it is modern(ist) music which anyone in
love with Romanticism will love: Jerzy Kapłanek and
Stéphan Sylvestre have captured its essence perfectly. - Emma Caitlin Johansson, Panorama, January 2015
Karol Szymanowski said: "Our national music is not the stiffened ghost of the polonaise or mazurka … It is rather the solitary, joyful, carefree song of the nightingale in a fragrant May night in Poland."
His music is intense
and virtuosic, with a unique brand of expressive, lyric modernism. This recording features some of his most popular
music, mostly written in the composer's most productive period during the first world war, including the Violin
Sonata in D Minor; the Nocturne and Tarantella; and the Myths.
Featuring violinist Jerzy Kapłanek and pianist Stéphan Sylvestre.
Catalog: MAR 437
Sonata in D minor Op. 9 (1904)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3. Finale: Allegro molto, quasi presto
Nocturne and Tarantella Op. 28 (1915)
4. Nocturne, Lento assai (Listen)
5. Tarantella, Presto appassionato
6. Chant de Roxane from the opera King Roger (1918-24),
transcription by Paweł Kochański (1926)
Mythes Op. 30 (1915)
7. La Fontaine d'Aréthuse
9. Dryades et Pan
10. Prelude Op. 1 No. 1 in B minor: Andante ma non troppo,
(1899/1900) transcription by Grażyna Bacewicz
Total playing time: 63:32