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The Malachite Recital

by Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet

A brilliant debut album from a young Polish guitar virtuoso Marcin Maślak, supported by the vigorous dankArt quartet. A delight for all guitar music lovers.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Variaciones Sobre un Tema de Sor, Op. 15
Marcin Maślak
8:10 $0.99
2. Capriccio Diabolico in D Minor, Op. 85b
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
9:29 $0.99
3. Quintette, Op. 143: I. Allegro, vivo e schietto
Marcin Maślak
5:40 $0.99
4. Quintette, Op. 143: II. Andante mesto
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
6:28 $0.99
5. Quintette, Op. 143: III. Scherzo, allegro con spirito, alla marcia
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
4:38 $0.99
6. Quintette, Op. 143: IV. Finale, allegro con fuoco
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
6:02 $0.99
7. Adagio per Chitarra e Quarteto D`archi, Op. 27a
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
4:17 $0.99
8. Fractal Variations
Marcin Maślak
9:03 $0.99
9. Tango en Skai
Marcin Maślak & dankArt quartet
2:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
The title of the debut album of Marcin Maślak and the dankArt quartet The Malachite Recital was inspired by a mineral considered to be the symbol of balance and harmony. Its colour is the visualisation of the merging of the tonal and modern musical language. The album is opened by Variaciones sobre un tema de Sor by Miguel Llobet – a piece written in 1908. The theme and the first two variations are an exact quote of the Spanish folia by F. Sor, which was used by Llobet as a basis for his piece.

Capriccio Diabolico op. 85b by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is a composition permanently included in the mainstream literature for solo guitar. The album presents the arrangement of a slightly forgotten version for guitar and orchestra made by a Silesian composer, Marek Grucka. The original version of Opus 85b was composed in 1945 at the request of Andres Segovia, similarly as the four-part Quintet from1959. Tedesco considered the quintet as one of his best chamber pieces, saying that: This is a piece I am really attached to; clear, simple, flowing with Schubertean lyricism (and everybody knows how I love Schubert!).

Adagio per chitarra e quartetto d’archi by Roman Czura is an arrangement of the second part of Concierto ardente (2015) for guitar and orchestra that was created by the composer especially for this album. Adagio has the form of a variation, related to a passacaglia. The piece is dedicated to Marcin Maślak, similarly to Fractal Variations by Marek Grucka composed in 2014. The form of Grucka’s piece is loosely related to classical variations. Fractal (Lat. broken, partial) is an object with a complex structure in every scale. Similarly to a fractal, the segment-based construction of the composition is a distinguishing feature of a series of independent and contrasting structures making, in a broader perspective, an inseparable whole.

The album closes with the witty Tango en Skaï in the role of a spectacular encore. One of the most popular pieces by Roland Dyens was recorded here in the author’s own arrangement for guitar and string quartet. A truly magnificent finale of an album, on which the subtleness of the strings is combined with the intimate and virtuoso nature of the classical guitar.

Marcin Maślak
He studied at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, under the direction of Prof. Wanda Palacz and Dr. Marcin Dylla and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar in the guitar class of Prof. Ricardo Gallen. He is the winner of international guitar competitions. He took numerous master classes led by i.e. Oscar Ghiglia (Italy), Thomas Müller Pering (Germany) or Elena Papandreou (Greece). Marcin Maślak played concerts as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Poland and abroad. He cooperated with such conductors as e.g. Massimiliano Caldi (Italy) or Kimcherie Lloyd (USA). He has been awarded the Ministry of Culture Scholarship for exceptional artistic achievements. Marcin Maślak actively supports the expansion of guitar literature by cooperating with composers of the younger generation.

dankArt string quartet
The idea of the quartet’s activity is contained in its name – a blend of the old-Polish word „dank” and international term „art”. An expression of respect, wonder and gratitude for art is a common feature of the members of the band. Experience, passion and never-ending zeal have resulted in achieving a common sound. The graduates of the Music Academy in Katowice, playing regularly as the members of the H.M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic, have been playing together since 2015. Each of the musicians, at a certain point of time, was a member of a different string quartet, often winning awards in Poland and abroad. Being members of different ensembles, they have been playing concerts in the majority of countries in Europe as well as in Japan and in the USA.



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