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String Quartet No.4 (1962)
Allegro non troppo
Quasi presto, con fuoco
Divertimento (1967) *†
for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano
Allegro non troppo quasi una marcia
Andante - Allegretto subito -- Tempo I
Molto allegro e giocoso
Sonatina (1927) †
À Marie Lewkowicz
Lento non troppo - Molto tranquillo - Meno mosso
Allegro non troppo
for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Allegro scherzoso - Più mosso
Andante meditativo - Un poco meno mosso
Presto non troppo - Meno mosso e calando - Tempo I - Prestissimo
Passacaille (1945) ‡
Version with Clarinet
of Vocalise for Voice (or Cello) and Piano
À Hanna Radlinska
Andante - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I
Quintet (1967) ‡
for Piano and Strings
on Popular Polish Themes
Arrangements by the composer of String Quartet No.3 (1945)
Allegro quasi presto - Meno mosso, un poco rubato - Un poco meno - Tempo I - A tempo (meno mosso) Tempo I
Lento sostenuto - Un poco animato e rubato - Tempo, tranquillo
Vivace non troppo - Tempo meno mosso - Da capo (senza replica) - Coda
Allegro moderato ma deciso - Un poco pesante ma a tempo - Più mosso e agitato
Total time: 83:04
Joaquin Valdepeñas - clarinet
Erika Raum - violin
Marie Bérard - violin *
Steven Dann - viola
Winoa Zelenka - cello
David Louie - piano †
Dianne Werner - piano ‡
Sarah Jeffrey - oboe
Frank Morelli - bassoon
Following the Grammy nominated Volume 2 featuring the music of Fitelberg, the Canadian ARC Ensemble presents Volume 3 in its ‘Music in Exile’ series, dedicated to the music of Szymon Laks.
Born in Warsaw in 1901, Laks studied in Paris before being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He soon joined and conducted the Auschwitz orchestra (his auditioning with a ‘Jewish’ work – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto – went unnoticed). Although the trauma of his imprisonment left him alienated and reclusive, few of his works refer specifically to the Holocaust. A rather subtle, colourful, and sometimes contrapuntal style emerges in his writing, notably represented in the early, elegant, Ravel-influenced Sonatina for piano, in the later, melodic Passacaille, and the folk dances and songs woven into the cheerful String Quartet No. 4, as well as in the breezy, seemingly effortless Divertimento.
These premiere recordings are a must-have, not only because of the compositional context and the quality of the music and its interpretations, but also because the unsparing eyewitness account that Laks gave of his imprisonment has eclipsed his musical legacy, leaving his works more than unjustly neglected.
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“...This set of his[Laks] chamber music, sparkily played by the ARC Ensemble – speaks of musical development thwarted by an experience that only inward-looking Passacaille of 1945 hints at ...” ***
Erica Jeal – The Guardian – 16 June 2017
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