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Opening the Modernist Floodgates

Donald Macleod and Polish music expert Adrian Thomas focus on the effect on Bacewicz of cultural changes in Poland following Stalin's death in 1953.

Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin in 1956 had an almost immediate liberalising effect on Polish culture. The first Warsaw Autumn festival that followed opened the modernist floodgates, introducing to Polish audiences a raft of previously proscribed composers. Donald Macleod is joined by Polish music expert Adrian Thomas to explore this period in the life and music of Grazyna Bacewicz.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Quartet No. 4 For Strings

    Performer: Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet.
    • TRO: CD 4.
    • TRO.
    • 1.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Partita For Violin And Piano

    Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch. Performer: Ian Fountain.
    • Chandos: 10476.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Concert Etudes (Studies) For Piano - extract

    Performer: Ewa Kupiec.
    • Hanssler: CD 93.034.
    • Hanssler.
    • 25.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Music For Strings, Trumpets And Percussion

    Conductor: Ronald Corp. Orchestra: The New London Orchestra.
    • Hyperion: CDA 67783.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.

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