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Atom String Quartet: Penderecki

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Following its stunning interpretation of the music of Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert on Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), Atom String Quartet turns its attention to the oeuvre of another great of contemporary Polish music--classical composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki's writing encompasses choral works, operas, symphonies, concerti, chamber music, sacred music, and on one occasion, music for large jazz ensemble. He is, simply, one of the classical giants of the past sixty years. Penderecki's boldly original ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Atom String Quartet: Seifert

Read "Seifert" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still. This, the quartet's fourth release, sees Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński (both violin), Michal Zaborski (viola) and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) embrace the music of Zbigniew Seifert, the great Polish violinist—and initially saxophonist—of Tomasz Stanko's first quintet in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and a celebrated performer and composer in his own right. Seifert's star shone brightly but ...


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