Andrzej Bauer and Royal String Quartet
Franz Schubert – String Quintet in C major D956
The anniversary Kwartesencja begins with the classic in the best sense of the term: Schubert’s last chamber work written in the autumn of 1828, a sound spectacle connecting romantic pathos with extraordinary delicateness, gloomy and depressing thoughts with bursts of sunshine. The composer’s speciality is to join the opposites, thus allowing the listener to easily identify their own emotions in the music, to perceive the endless Schubertian melody as a reflexion of deeper, existential considerations. The first of the four movements Allegro ma non troppo bonds together lyrical melodiousness with a Beethovenian tension, the second one Adagio is a study of melody in a kaleidoscope of moods. The Scherzo juxtaposes folk juiciness with a funeral lament, and the final Allegretto captures a dramatic gesture among serene, Hungarian rhythms.
Winner of numerous awards, including the First Prize at the ARD International Music Competition, Munich. He studied under K. Michalik and cooperated with A. Navarra, M. Sadlo, D. Szafran and W. Pleeth. He has made recordings for many foreign radio and TV stations, and took part in international festivals, performing in most European countries, the USA and Japan. His records have been awarded awards such as The Fryderyk and the German Record Critics Award. He has worked in a long-standing relationship with distinguished artists, inspiring them to create works for cello and electronic media Cellotronicum. Bauer is the founder of the Warsaw Cellonet Group and Chain Ensemble. He gives classes at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. His recent activities focus on conducting, composing and improvising.