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Clear Tonal Focus

Music for cello and piano
by Krzysztof Meyer -
recommended by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... fine playing ...'

Krzysztof Meyer: Complete Works for Cello and Piano. © 2009 Toccata Classics

I last met Krzysztof Meyer in 1977 at a contemporary music festival in Venezuela soon after his Fourth Symphony had appeared on disc (Muza) and was immensely impressed by the power and delicacy of his music still, at that time, much under the stylistic influence of what we were all calling 'the Polish School', dominated as it was by the distinctively contrasting voices of Lutoslawski and Penderecki (who was also at the festival).

Over the last thirty years Meyer has reappraised and refined his style without losing any of the delicacy and simplicity that were evident as long ago as 1966 in a delightful setting of a short poem by one of Poland's greatest literary figures, Julian Tuwim (from his 1933 collection 'A Gypsy Bible') for soprano, flute, cello and piano which I performed at the Guildhall, London, soon after my return from the Latin American event. In that score too he had the same fascination with the cello that serves his ever fertile imagination still, and yet I anxiously await fresh recordings of his six symphonies (a form he seems to have abandoned since 1983), other orchestral works that include 'homages' to Mozart and Brahms, or the ten string quartets and many other chamber works.

Meyer regards the sonata structure like that of a novel, telling a substantial story. The first Sonata dates from 1983, a sharply controlled piece of high sensitivity with clear tonal focus and involving a fascinating use of the two instruments...

Copyright © 6 September 2010 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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CD INFORMATION: KRZYSZTOF MEYER: COMPLETE CELLO & PIANO WORKS

TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC

LONDON

POLAND

UNITED KINGDOM

TOCCATA CLASSICS

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