Music in Exile Vol. 3: Chamber Works by Szymon Laks

ARC Ensemble
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The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) presents the third volume in its Music in Exile series, an album dedicated to chamber works by Warsaw-born Szymon Laks. The last conductor of Auschwitz’s men’s orchestra, there is little in Laks’s music that memorialises or even references his wartime experience. His music, largely unknown until ARC’s recording, is witty, urbane and beautifully crafted; the Piano Quintet on Polish Themes a nostalgic tribute to his homeland.
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String Quartet No.4 (1962) 14:40

1. Allegro non troppo 04:23

2. Andante sostenuto 05:53

3. Quasi presto, con fuoco 04:19

Divertimento (1967) 13:25 for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano 

4. Allegro non troppo quasi una marcia 05:03

5. Andante - Allegretto subito -- Tempo 04:33

6. Molto allegro e giocoso 03:44

Sonatina (1927) 14:55 for Piano

À Marie Lewkowicz

7. Moderato 05:02

8. Scherzino. Vivace 01:33

9. Lento non troppo - Molto tranquillo - Meno mosso 02:49

10. Allegro non troppo 05:21

Concertino (1965) 13:26 for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

11. Allegro scherzoso - Più mosso 04:17

12. Andante meditativo - Un poco meno mosso 03:25

13. Presto non troppo - Meno mosso e calando - Tempo I - Prestissimo 05:38

14. Passacaille (1945) 05:47 

Version with Clarinet of Vocalise for Voice (or Cello) and Piano

À Hanna Radlinska

Andante - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I

Quintet (1967) 20:15 for Piano and Strings on Popular Polish Themes

Arrangements by the composer of String Quartet No.3 (1945)

15. Allegro quasi presto - Meno mosso, un poco rubato - Un poco meno - Tempo I - A tempo (meno mosso) Tempo I 04:41 

16. Lento sostenuto - Un poco animato e rubato - Tempo, tranquillo 06:23

17. Vivace non troppo - Tempo meno mosso - Da capo (senza replica) - Coda 03:31

18. Allegro moderato ma deciso - Un poco pesante ma a tempo - Più mosso e agitato 05:31

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