The songs presented on this album combine the time of their creation- they were composed around 1915- and their common theme- the world of dreams and fantasies- to create a stunning program. The similarities, however, do not end there, although it is a stylistically and formally diverse repertoire. All compositions were created as an expression of prevailing aesthetic tendencies, sometimes representing their more significant trends, sometimes remaining somewhat off the beaten path. They are a testimony to the unusual turmoil present in Europe at the beginning of the First World War and huge changes-cultural and social. The original, often controversially constructed repertoire of recitals, is one of the characteristics of Joanna Trzeciak- a Polish pianist living in Belgium and educated in Krakow, Warsaw, and Moscow. These contrasts, however, are never accidental, and the goal of a somewhat surprising design is not banally shocking to the listener.
Born in Krakow, Joanna Trzeciak spent her youth in a country where the quest for material goods was not the most important issue. “To be” was more important than “to have.” One can lose the fortune, yet the wisdom and knowledge are indestructible. That was the motto she learned at home and to which she is still faithful, even after many years of living in Belgium. The original, often controversially developed repertoire of the pianist’s recitals is one of her characteristic features. Confrontations, contrasts, and concepts abound. Besides recording, she tours frequently giving masterclasses and recitals. She also dedicates time to her second great passion- hiking in high mountains. For this recital she has chosen three works by Ludwig van Beethoven.
A trio of great affection, already experienced in the past with another successful record job, this time Max Ionata, Clarence Penn and Reuben Rogers are working on an original record project using the formula of the trio.
This album marks the second release by Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz to be devoted to the concertos of Grazyna Bacewicz, a violinist/composer who survived World War II and Stalinism with her artistic vision intact. Not only that, she adapted the violin concerto, not a form in great favor in the 20th century, to waves of successive influences. As Eastern Europe emerges as the crucible where musicians tried to build a durable culture out of the 20th century's various musical and political "isms," Bacewicz's music is well worth keeping an eye on.