Cover Warsaw Music Salon

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
03.04.2020

Label: CD Accord

Genre: Classical

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Józef Elsner (1769 - 1854): Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 15:
  • 1Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 15: I. Moderato11:50
  • 2Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 15: II. Romance. Andantino05:43
  • 3Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro assai05:02
  • Maria Szymanowska (1789 - 1831):
  • 4Fantaisie in F Major for Piano10:21
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478:
  • 5Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: I. Allegro10:55
  • 6Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: II. Andante07:17
  • 7Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato08:14
  • Franciszek Lessel (1780 - 1838): Piano Trio in E Major, Op. 5:
  • 8Piano Trio in E Major, Op. 5: I. Allegro brillante08:58
  • 9Piano Trio in E Major, Op. 5: II. Rêve. Adagio04:16
  • 10Piano Trio in E Major, Op. 5: III. Rondo. Allegro di molto04:39
  • Total Runtime01:17:15

Info for Warsaw Music Salon



Every composer whose piece appears on this recording was an essential figure in the very best of the late eighteenth- and the early nineteenth-century salon culture. Each participated in a variety of ways: as hosts, guests, performers or composers.

The word “salon” referred both to a place and an event. Salons were usually weekly or fortnightly gatherings of noblemen, artists, writers, philosophers, politicians, scholars, scientists, musicians and youthful talent, who talked, read aloud, listened to music, ate and sometimes danced. They took place in the richly furnished drawing rooms or boudoirs of the aristocracy or more modest sitting rooms of the emerging bourgeoisie. In most cases, these were exclusive events for a carefully chosen group of guests.(...)

These Warsaw salons took their inspiration from those of the French Enlightenment, thanks to the last Polish king, Stanisław August Poniatowski. Prior to taking the crown, he absorbed the atmosphere of the Madame Geoffrin Paris salon, frequented by French encyclopaedists and thereafter, he founded the Thursday Dinners salon at his Warsaw palace, to which he invited scholars and artists. In the first decades of the nineteenth century, around the time when Fryderyk Chopin lived in Warsaw, there were about a dozen salons where music played a significant role. Their hosts were, among others, the families of Wołowskis, who play a prominent role in the music on this album: Barbara and Franciszek Wołowski were the parents of Maria Szymanowska. Both Józef Elsner and Franciszek Lessel were guests at their salons.

Arte dei Suonatori Quartet:
Katarzyna Drogosz, pianoforte
Ewa Golińska, violin
Natalia Reichert, viola
Maciej Łukaszuk, cello

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Booklet for Warsaw Music Salon

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