Kinga Augustyn has released a new recording of music by Polish composer Romuald Twardowski, her second orchestral album on Naxos. Augustyn initiated this project two years ago to showcase the work of Twardowski, who is not well known outside Poland. She was joined by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Mariusz Smolij.
Born in Vilnius and a student of Nadia Boulanger, Romuald Twardowski writes music which blends tradition and modernity. His writing for strings is consistently masterful, whether in the lyricism and capricious rhythms of Serenade for string orchestra, or the new simplicity of his Violin Concerto. Fantazja hiszpanska ( Spanish Fantasia ) shows how deeply the composer absorbed flamenco music during a visit to Spain, while Niggunim explores authentic Hassidic Jewish melodies. Capriccio in Blue is a delightful and wholly original salute to George Gershwin. Award-winning violinist Kinga Augustyn’s playing has been described as stylish and vibrant (The Strad). She also appears on other recordings for Naxos, including a release of Polish violin classics about which Fanfare wrote: she meets the challenge magnificently. Hallmarks of her playing are razor-sharp execution, even in the most taxing technical passages.