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Opus 1

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Opus 1: the result of shared musical interests and the cooperation of two excellent young soloists, violinist Michał Buczkowski and guitarist Aleksander Wilgos. This album is the fruit of their shared passion for music and the joy of discovering new sounds and colours which sound so extraordinary in the interaction of the violin and the guitar.

“Andaluza” and “Oriental” come from Enrique Granados’ Twelve Spanish Dances, originally composed for the piano. Inspired by traditional Spanish music, these are not true authentic dances, but stylized dances.

Granados used elements of folklore as the canvas on which he created distinctive and stylistically independent songs.

In a similar manner, most of the pieces represented on Opus 1 were inspired by the folk music native to the homelands of the composers: Karol Szymanowski’s “Kurpian Song” from Polish folk traditions, Bela Bartok’s “Duos” from Hungarian, and Maximo Diego Pujol’s “Suite” from Argentinian. Among these compositions, Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” stands out stylistically unique insofar as it belongs to a current of minimalism and was created using only a very limited quantity of musical material and compositional tools.

The majority of the tracks on this album are compositions which were not originally written for violin and guitar. Some of them, like Szymanowski’s “Kurpian Song” and Bartok’s “Duos” are appearing for the first time in such an arrangement and thus represent a world premiere.

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