A CD entitled Nowakowski, Krogulski, released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, was honored in the December Editor’s Choice ranking of Gramophone magazine as ‘the most enjoyable chamber music disc – and the most interesting discovery’.
The December edition of the magazine includes a selection of the month’s best CDs, authored by Martin Cullingford. Among the twelve albums honored was a recording of Józef Nowakowski’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major op. 17 and Józef Krogulski’s Piano Octet in D minor op. 6 in the rendition of leading European musicians: Nelson Goerner (piano), Lena Neudauer (violin), Erzhan Kulibaev (violin), Katarzyna Budnik-Gałazka (viola), Marcin Zdunik (’cello), Sławomir Rozlach (double bass), Jan Krzeszowiec (flute) and Radosław Soroka (clarinet).
Józef Nowakowski’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major and Józef Krogulski’s Piano Octet in D minor are two pieces, today little-known, by composers contemporary to Chopin. Written at the beginning of the 1830s, they are a testimony to the rich cultural life of Poland, which at that time was absent from maps of Europe. This extraordinary recording is an evocation of an œuvre important in the history of Polish music. Interpreted by superb artists enjoying widespread recognition, this CD can be considered a pearl of Polish phonographic art. The recording features Nelson Goerner, an artist devoted to popularizing Polish music around the world who has yet again been honored with the prestigious Diapason d’Or award, this time for his earlier album released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute: Concerti by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Giuseppe Martucci.
Recorded at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, 17–18, 22–23 June 2014.
CD review on gramophone.co.uk
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7th of December 2016