Music for Chamber Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz

Capella Bydgostiensis, Poland.

Music for Chamber Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz

NAXOS International, November 2014

CD Awarded 2015 “Fryderyk Prize” (Polish Grammy Award)


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Grażyna Bacewicz, Capella Bydgostiensis, Poland 
Symphony for String Orchestra - this is vintage Bacewicz at her very best, played with zeal and distinction. Smolij and the Capella come through with interpretations of great dash and panache, plus a sensitivity toward the brittle lyric qualities that also set Bacewicz off as something special. This is prime Bacewicz, done with the spirit the music demands. It is an excellent recording. Highly recommended!
G.A. Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
Throughout, a consistently elevated standard of craftsmanship is very evident, and these performances under Mariusz Smolij are both confident and devoted. Fine playing, fine sound, fine music. Recommended.
David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, Portland, Maine, USA
Diligence and poise
Both the Symphony and Concerto for string orchestra are played with a persuasive blend of diligence and poise. The detachment, the neutrality almost, of the concerto grosso style which Bacewicz adopts is picked up willingly and stylishly by the ensemble throughout the CD. …the achievement of Smolij and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra is to play without smothering the potential for sensitivity on which the music is predicated, however obliquely. It’s a subtle balance which is by and large arrived at successfully. Bacewicz’ first Piano Quintet is here arranged for string orchestra by Smolij. Kupiec’s playing is firm, confident, commanding. Both she and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra play the music with style and sympathy.
Mark Sealey, Classical Net, California, USA