Janusz Wawrowski – violin
Jose Gallardo – piano
1. Polonaise de Concert in D major Op. 4
2. Légende Op. 17
3. Kujawiak in A minor
4. Oberek No. 1
5. Polish Caprice
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (arr. S. Barcewicz)
6. Mélodie in G major Op. 16 No. 2
Ludomir Różycki: „Two Melodies Op. 5”
7. Melodie No. 1
8. Melodie No. 2
Mieczysław Karłowicz (arr. J. Wawrowski)
9. Serenade in G Major
10. Recitativo e Arioso
Karol Szymanowski (arr. P. Kochański)
11. Dance from the Harnasie balletOp. 55
By introducing Polish motifs in his Concerto, sometimes even alluding to Chopin, Wieniawski – I believe – wished to emphasise the cultural heritage and musical traditions of a country which at that time was absent from the maps of Europe. Bruch, on the other hand, looked for characteristic motifs which Scottish folk music could undoubtedly supply him with.
Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No 2 in D Minor Op. 22
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major Op. 46
The album features Polish and German music – Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. This symbolically reflects the dialogue between the Polish and German nations, their shared – frequently difficult – history.
“The title of Janusz Wawrowski & Stuttgarter Philharmoniker’s CD, Brillante – a word referring in many European languages literally to something gleaming and luminous, but also figuratively to something magnificent and brilliant – provokes clear associations with virtuosic performance skills,” writes Iwona Lindstedt, about this album. “These associations are fully justified, since the programme of the CD contains two representative 19th-century examples of virtuoso works for violin and orchestra. Virtuosity, manifesting itself in different contexts of social life, was one of the trademarks of Romanticism, when it exerted a powerful impact on all the musical forms and genres, giving birth to genuine stars that shone on the musical firmament of the age.”
The album has been prepared in cooperation with the Polish Institute Düsseldorf and with support from Polpharma sp. z o. o., to mark the centenary of Poland’s regaining independence.
Wawrowski has a dark, luscious sweetness of sound, with warm vibrato in the gorgeous second-movement Romance.
The rich-toned Wawrowski meets the virtuoso challenges of Wieniawski with aplomb...
Album received **** in BBC Music Magazine
You have to listen to Wawrowski playing Wieniawski: dark sensual tone, warm sound, saturated with feeling. In Bruch, he is different: in "Scottish Fantasy" he captures with a subtle lead of melodic themes, which he is clearly charmed with, he also gracefully exposes motifs with a distinct rhythm, and his violin sounds in a clear tone.
In good style Janusz Wawrowski introduces the listeners to the world of impressive, virtuoso music from over 150 years ago.
The title of the album - "Brillante" - rightly suggests that the young Polish artist Janusz Wawrowski feels particularly good in this repertoire, in which he impresses with unparalleled technique. But I was especially fascinated by the sound of his violin in free parts: Andante, and Adagio. I heard a vibration as it should be, not too big but still warm. I heard a phrase kept under control and at the same time expressing in full of emotions contained in the song. Wawrowski's violin is beautiful.
Prof. Zygmunt Krauze
Tomasz Jakub Opałka
Following the success of his previous albums Aurora and the Paganini Caprices, this new release takes its title from the infamous ‘unplayable’ Sequenza by Italian composer Luciano Berio. The album marks a bold departure for Wawrowski, with little-known and often pioneering repertoire for solo violin, enabling Janusz Wawrowski to explore the broadest possible scope for original interpretation with the full spectrum of technical craftsmanship and the challenges of the violin – unflinchingly alone in some of the most demanding repertoire ever written for the instrument, the intimate act of playing solo, armed only with exceptional technique and deep insight into the music. Wawrowski is searching for connections between music and mind, music and structure, music and science...
The album features both well-known compositions by legendary masters like Berio, Ysaÿe and fellow Poles Penderecki and Bacewicz, as well as pieces written specially for Janusz Wawrowski in close collaboration with young composers, including two world-premiere recordings. Diverse, colourful repertoire enables this virtuoso to create a rich universe of sound with only one instrument.
Niccolo Paganini – 24 Caprices op. 1