LUDOMIR ROZYCKI (1884-1953): String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 49, KAROL SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937): String Quartets No. 1in C, Op. 37 and No. 2, Op. 56.
Catalogue Number: 01K064
Reference: CDA 67684
Description: No, we might not need more recordings of the Szymanowski quartets but we do need one of Rozycki's. Although he participated with Szymanowski in the short-lived "Young Poland" artists movement, Rozycki followed a more conservative musical path. His quartet dates from 1916, a year later than Szymanowski's First but lacking much of the highly-refined, French-influenced, pushing-the-boundaries-of-tonality style of that man's music. More neo-Romantic in style and size (it's 33 minutes long, almost half the length of the CD), it still has its little moments where an Impressionist sound or gesture will flit by, letting you know that it's a 20th century work - as if Suk and Debussy had tumbled into a Cuisinart. Gorgeous, memorable stuff! Royal String Quartet.