Not all lesser-known composers are justly forgotten. The Quatuor Danel has done all it can to put Mieczysław Weinberg back on the map, crowning their efforts with a recording of his complete string quartets.
The music of the female Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz, despite its unbelievable emotional power and daring, still has a long road ahead, which is why the Danels and pianist Plamena Mangova are also working hard to put her on the map.
Like we did last year with Gubaidulina and Ustvolskaya, this year’s Festival 20/21 has another great 20th-century female composer waiting to knock your socks off!
Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Piano Quintet / Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartet n° 13 / Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet n° 2
INLEIDING (Dutch only)
Jeroen D’hoe, 19:45
The Quatuor Danel has been a fixture on the quartet landscape for a long time. Although they have actually mastered the entire repertoire, they have a great predilection for Eastern European and 20th/21st-century music.
They’re the dream team for this programme, if only for the reason that they love nothing better than to bring ‘new’ pieces back from obscurity and convince you of how unbelievably good they are.
Plamena Mangova studied piano at the Pancho Vladigerov Sofia State Music Academy in Bulgaria, and then at the Queen Sofia Higher Music School, Madrid. In 2007 she won the second prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition after which she embarked on an international career as a concert pianist and chamber musician. For her first solo CD recording, including only Shostakovich pieces, she was awarded a Diapason d’Or of the year 2007.