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Magdalena Filipczak

Magdalena Filipczak - violin (all tracks)
Agnieszka Kozło - piano (all tracks except 4 and 5)
Martin Fogel - guitar (tracks 4 and 5)

01 Saint-Saëns arr: Eugène Ysaÿe - Caprice d’après l’Etude en forme de valse
02 Elgar - Chanson de Matin  
03 Elgar - Salut d’Amour
04 Piazzolla - Bordel 1900 from History of the Tango  
05 Piazzolla - Café 1930 from History of the Tango  
06 Wieniawski - Fantaisie Brillante sur ‘Faust’ de Charles Gounod  
07 Britten - Reveille: Concert Study for Violin and Piano  
08 Britten - Lullaby from Suite, Op.6  
09 Britten - Waltz from Suite, Op.6  
10 Szymanowski arr: Kochański - Danse Paysanne from Harnasie  
11 Lutosławski - Subito

Total time: 69:00

Recorded at St. John the Evangelist, Oxford, 2 - 5 September, 2013
Recorded, edited and mastered by Andrew Hallifax
Artwork and design by Cassidy Rayne Creative
Programme notes by David Truslove
Produced by Malcolm Creese

ABCD 5031
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“Magdalena Filipczak is a great musician and a great violinist. She possesses the rare combination of complete mastery of her instrument and a thorough understanding of music, which enables her to spellbind and touch audiences.”
Henk Guittart, violist and International Tutor in Strings Performance, Royal Northern College of Music

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"Not many solo recitals are as eclectic as this; you don't expect to find Elgar, Piazolla and Lutosławski sharing disc space. As a calling card for a young violinist, Magdalena Filipczak's Essence of Violin is a treat. She's a musical chameleon, quickly getting under the skin of whatever she's playing. There's a consistency of approach too; the less virtuosic salon pieces treated with as much care as the showstoppers. A Saint-Saëns caprice has all the fireworks anyone could want. To calm things down, Filipczak follows it with humane, sweet-tempered performances of Elgar's Chanson de Matin and Salut d'amore. Two movements from Piazolla's Histoire du Tango sound suitably idiomatic, and they're beautifully accompanied by guitarist Martin Fogel. He deserves a disc to himself; the veiled intro to "Café 1930" is exquisite.

"We get Wieniawski's expansive Fantaisie Brillante, based on themes from Gounod's Faust. Cheesy, yes, but magnificently done, with sensational piano playing from Agnieszka Kozło. Rarities include an extract from Szymanowski's ballet Harnasie; its haunting opening followed by a vigorous, foot-stamping folk dance. I'd never heard Britten's 1937 Reveille before, an engaging study inspired by the Spanish violinist Antonio Brosa's difficulties in getting up each morning. Over an insistent piano accompaniment, Filipczak's solo line slowly comes to life. We're tricked into thinking that she's gone back to sleep at the close, before Britten's brusque closing chords. A glittering chunk of late-period Lutosławski closes proceedings. All immaculately recorded and well-annotated; an anthology to suit all tastes."

Graham Rickson - Saturday, 05 September 2015

Review from The Strad

"glittering...beguiling...captivating...virtuoso...hauntingly atmospheric..."

"Magdalena Filipczak opens her recital Essence of Violin (Audio-B, ABCD 5031) with a glittering performance of Ysaÿe's famous arrangement of Saint-Saëns's Etude en forme de valse, in which the various multiple-stoppings and thrown harmonics are offset by beguilingly phrased insinuations of ballroom delight. Her plaintive tone (coloured by a medium-fast, narrow vibrato) and temporal suppleness are particularly well suited to Elgar's world of autumnal reminiscences (Chanson de matin and Salut d'amour) and she also proves a captivating exponent of Piazzolla's twilight cool (Bordel 1900 and Café 1930) with guitarist Martin Fogel, before whipping up a virtuoso storm with Wieniawski's notorious Faust Fantasy (after Gounod), in which gifted pianist Agnieszka Kozło follows her every inch of the way. Also included are hauntingly atmospheric performances of three Britten rarities - the Reveille concert study and the Lullaby and Waltz from the Op.6 Suite."

Julian Haylock, The Strad, April 2015

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