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Bacewicz and Shostakovich chamber music with Karłowicz Quartet


Karłowicz Quartet will present chamber works of two great Polish composer during an online concert on 24 May 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The broadcast will be available on the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Karłowicz Quartet was founded in 2017. The ensemble consists of graduates of the best music academies in Poland. They developed their skills under the direction of outstanding chamber musicians from such ensembles as the Royal String Quartet, Scharoun Ensemble, Apollon Musagete Quartett, Silesian Quartet, Wilanów Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, and Altenberg Trio. As members of the orchestra, they actively participate in the events organised by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. During the next concert they will present works by Grażyna Bacewicz and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Grażyna Bacewicz paid special attention to music for violin and other string instruments. Her String Quartet No.4 was written in 1950 and received the first prize at the International Composers Competition in Liege, the place of its first performance, a year later. The work consists of three parts, each of them permeated with folk music influences. Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet in C minor, Op. 110 (1960) has an extremely personal, almost autobiographical character. The work was written in just three days and is filled with quotations from the composer's earlier compositions. Shostakowicz's musical signature, the D-S-C-H motif, is used in every movement of the quartet. In one of the letters Szostakowicz wrote: "One could even write on the cover: Dedicated to the memory of the author of this quartet."

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