ROMUALD TWARDOWSKI (b.1930): Spanish Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra, Violin Concerto, Niggunim “Memories of the Hasidim” for Violin and Orchestra, Capriccio in Blue “George Gershwin in memoriam” for Violin and Orchestra, Serenade for String Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 12U009

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.579031

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Born in Vilnius and a student of Nadia Boulanger, Twardowski writes music which blends tradition and modernity. His writing for strings is consistently masterful, whether in the lyricism and capricious rhythms of the 2003 Serenade or the ‘new simplicity’ of the concerto of 2009. The Spanish Fantasia shows how deeply the composer absorbed flamenco music during a visit to Spain, while Niggunim (1991) explores authentic Hassidic Jewish melodies. Capriccio in Blue (1979) is a delightful and wholly original salute to George Gershwin. Kinga Augustyn (violin), Toruń Symphony Orchestra; Mariusz Smolij.

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