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A Mood of Determined Resistance

Donald Macleod is joined by Polish music expert Adrian Thomas to explore Bacewicz's music written during the years of World War Two.

In the company of Polish music expert Adrian Thomas, Donald Macleod explores the music of Grazyna Bacewicz during the years of World War II, including her Overture from 1943, which she begins with timpani, beating out the Morse code 'V' for victory which the BBC used throughout the war - borrowed from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - as the Victory call sign.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    3 Arabic Songs

    Performer: Naomi Oliphant. Singer: Daniel Weeks.
    • Centaur: CRC 2966.
    • Centaur.
    • 4.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    3 Grotesques (Burlesken) For Piano

    Performer: Ewa Kupiec.
    • Hanssler: CD 93.034.
    • Hanssler.
    • 17.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Sonata Da Camera For Violin And Piano

    Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch. Performer: Ian Fountain.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN10476.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Concerto No. 2 For Violin And Orchestra

    Performer: Joanna Kurkowicz. Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz. Orchestra: Polish R S O..
    • Chandos: CHAN 10673.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Overture For Orchestra

    Performer: Joanna Kurkowicz. Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz. Orchestra: Polish R S O..
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10533.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 10.

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