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Krzysztof Meyer is one of Poland's leading living composers and one of Europe's pre-eminent composers of chamber music. His mastery of this medium is clearly represented in the two works on this new release: the passionate interplay of the Piano Quartet, Op. 112 is heard here in its world première recording, while the powerfully expressive Piano Quintet, Op. 76 sits in the lineage established for the genre by Brahms. In addition to his own compositions, Meyer is well known as a teacher, writer and the one who completed the performing edition of Shostakovich's unfinished opera The Gambler.

  MEYER, K.: Piano Quartet / Piano Quintet
Sałajczyk, Silesian String Quartet

The twin series of symphonies and string quartets stand at the centre of Krzysztof Meyer’s achievement as one of the most renowned composers of our time. His mastery of the chamber medium is also revealed in the two works presented here. The Piano Quartet, Op. 112, heard here in its world première recording, is unusual in Meyer’s output for its one-movement structure with several contrasting sections. Elegy, threnody and caprice co-exist in an intense interplay of great passion. In its scale and impact the Piano Quintet recalls similar such pieces dating back to Brahms.

Listen to an extract from the Piano Quintet, Op. 76:
I. Maestoso

About the Artists

One of Poland’s leading chamber music ensembles, the Silesian String Quartet developed under the supervision of musicians from such quartets as the LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard, Smetana and Alban Berg. Today it enjoys international fame, giving concerts in renowned venues throughout the world. The quartet performs the canon of great chamber music masterpieces, dedicating special attention to contemporary music, with particular emphasis on Polish music from the last three decades. For more than twenty years, the quartet has organised The Silesian Quartet and its Guests, an annual international chamber music festival that gathers together dozens of outstanding Polish and foreign artists.

The pianist Piotr Sałajczyk appears as a soloist and a chamber musician. He graduated with honours from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied under Józef Stompel, and continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Pavel Giliov. Piotr Sałajczyk devotes much attention to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has a significant number of first performances to his credit and has worked closely with Piotr Pławner, Urszula Kryger, Agata Zubel, the Apollon Musagète Quartet and the Silesian Quartet. He has also appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras.

More 20th-century Polish chamber music

Alexandre TANSMAN
Violin Sonata No. 2 /
Sonata quasi una fantasia /
Violin Sonatinas Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantaisie

Klaidi Sahatçi, Giorgio Koukl

“I sincerely hope there is more of Tansman’s music for this combination to be discovered and that these two musicians will be playing it.”
MusicWeb International

String Quartets (Complete),
Vol. 1 - Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7

Lutosławski Quartet

“[Bacewicz's string quartets are] unrivalled in 20th-century Polish music and… one of the century’s most significant contributions to
the genre.”
Adrian Thomas, musicologist

  Listen to an extract from String Quartet No. 6:
I. Andante – Vivo

Old Polish Suite /
Concerto in modo antico /
Jagiellonian Triptych /
Hommage à Chopin

Polish Chamber Orchestra,
Mariusz Smolij

“Even if you've never heard of Panufnik and generally shy away from the 20th-century avant-garde, do not shy away from this really attractive and lovable disc.”

Krzysztof MEYER
String Quartets, Vol. 4 -
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4

Wieniawski String Quartet

“The members of this Polish ensemble are completely at home with these important works by their compatriot, and the four volumes constitute an impressive set.”
The WholeNote

Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings / Postludes / Fanfares

Polish National Radio Symphony, Antoni Wit

“Wit draws the listener in on the composer's wry and disjointed world, like an enthusiastic guide tugging on your sleeve proclaiming, 'You have got to see this!”
Audiophile Audition

  Listen to an extract from Prelude 2

Violin Showpieces

Marat Bisengaliev, John Lenehan

“...splendid showpieces. Bisengaliev...has superb technique, sensitivity, and sense of flow and style.”
American Record Guide

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