Magdalena Filipczak: Essence of Violin
Saint-Saën (arr: Eugene Ysaÿe): Caprice d’après l’Etude en forme de valse, Op 52/6; Elgar: Chanson de Matin, Op 15/2; Salut d’Amour, Op 12; Piazzolla: Bordel 1900 from History of the Tango; Café 1930 from History of the Tango; Wieniawski: Fantaisie Brillante sur ‘Faust’ de Charles Gounod, Op 20; Britten: Reveille: Concert Study for Violin and Piano; Lullaby from Suite, Op.6; Waltz from Suite, Op.6; Szymanowski (arr. Paul Kochański):Danse Paysanne from Harnasie; Lutosławski: Subito
Magdalena Filipczak – violin, Agnieszka Kozło – piano, Martin Fogel – guitar
Audio-B Records ABCD 5031
Magdalena Filipczak is regarded by critics and eminent musicians as one of the most outstanding young Polish violinists of her generation. Her compelling debut solo recording garned much praise following its release and has continued to compel audiences a year later.
Graham Rickson, journalist of theartsdesk, comments on Filipczak’s outstanding ability to adapt different techniques to her flawless performances:
She’s a musical chameleon, quickly getting under the skin of whatever she’s playing. There’s a consistency of approach too; the less virtuosic salon pieces treated with as much care as the showstoppers ….
I’d never heard Britten’s 1937 Reveille before, an engaging study inspired by the Spanish violinist Antonio Brosa’s difficulties in getting up each morning. Over an insistent piano accompaniment, Filipczak’s solo line slowly comes to life. We’re tricked into thinking that she’s gone back to sleep at the close, before Britten’s brusque closing chords. A glittering chunk of late-period Lutosławski closes proceedings. All immaculately recorded and well-annotated; an anthology to suit all tastes.