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SKOWRONSKI PLAYS! Franck, Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Saint-Saëns

by Vincent P. Skowronski

On this highly acclaimed disc, the Skowronski Team presents a truly fantastic amalgam of died-in-the-wool Romanticism coupled with a 'different look' at the ever elusive world of Impressionism.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Cèsar Franck, Sonata in A Major, band #1 Sonata in A Major, I. Allegretto ben moderato
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2. Franck, band #2 Sonata in A Major, II. Allegro
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3. Franck, band #3 Sonata in A Major, III. Recitativo - Fantasia
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7:29 album only
4. Franck, band #4 Sonata in A Major, IV. Allegretto poco mosso
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6:55 album only
5. Karol Szymanowski, La Fontaine d 'Arethuse Vincent P Skowronski, v; Saori Chiba, p.
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6. Karol Szymanowski, Chant du Roxanne Vincent P Skowronski, v; Saori Chiba, p.
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7. Grazyna Bacewicz, Mazurka No. 1 Vincent P Skowronski, v; Saori Chiba, p.
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8. Camille Saint-Saens, Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, band #1 Vincent P Skowronski, v; Neil Penesis, p.
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9. Saint-Saens, band #9 Vincent P Skowronski, v; Neil Penesis, p.
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10. Saint-Saens, band #10 Vincent P Skowronski, v; Neil Penesis, p.
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11. Saint-Saens, band #11 Vincent P Skowronski, v; Neil Penesis, p.
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Album Notes
SKOWRONSKI PLAYS! Franck, Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Saint-Saëns

"Mr. Skowronski is an uncommonly expressive and persuasive violinist. He plays everything with irresistible
èlan." --FANFARE magazine

The Sonata in A Major by Cèsar Franck, a keystone of the Romantic repertoire for violin, is performed here by violinist Vincent P. Skowronski in a distinctly masterful and sensational manner. Mr. Skowronski opens this disc with a sublime offering of the sonata's Allegretto and
follows with resolute Franckian statements in the
turbulent Allegro. The artist then proceeds with an introspective yet grandiose reading of the Recitativo--Fantasia which ultimately sets up the work for its joyous,
heart-on-your-sleeve Finale. Mr. Skowronski's rendition of the Franck Sonata has been hailed as among the best available, and should be in every serious violinist's collection.

Karol (Karl) Szymanowski's Fountain of Arethuse and Song of Roxanne certainly display an engaging, talcum approach to music making by the versatile Skowronski as he has deftly assembled robust yet translucent and gossamer renditions of these two musical gems from the Age of Impressionism. The brief Mazurka by Grazyna (Grace) Bacewicz reveals a knee-slapper of a Polish folk dance before Skowronski unleashes the rarely performed Sonata No. 1 in D Minor by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The D Minor Sonata by Saint-Saëns is a very beautiful, almost all "happy music" composition. It is surely not
as profound a work as the Franck Sonata, yet the piece offers any listener the opportunity to experience truly enjoyable, worthwhile and emotionally satisfying music making. And so enters Skowronski who serves up a scintillating and oft times quixotic portrayal of the entire sonata. The virtuoso violinist begins with a delightful romp through the Allegretto Agitato opening movement then --attacca-- deeply immerses himself in the following poignant Adagio. The artist continues with the third movement Allegro Moderato which provides the listener with sound-alike snatches of impish material
from Saint-Saëns' famous "Danse Macabre." At one point, Skowronski reaches a patch of chordal repose but, alas, the
quietude is summarily shattered by the rudely abrupt announcement of the blazing climax. From this point on, the Finale becomes a hold-on-to-your-hat, frantic dash to the finish line. You'll love it all.......its FUN!

Program notes provided by Skowronski: Classical Recordings. Any and all comments regarding this CD
are welcome.


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STRINGS Magazine, May 2006

This is truly an exciting and remarkable CD!
SKOWRONSKI: CLASSICAL RECORDINGS has issued a powerful performance of the Franck Sonata in A Major on its CD, SKOWRONSKI PLAYS! Franck, Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Saint-Saens. Its a work that Skowronski loves.

Steve


Wonderful violin playing: highly recommended.