Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) was a prolific Polish composer, and only the second female Polish woman to receive recognition for her work in composition. Not surprisingly, much of her music (including several symphonies and seven concerti featuring the violin) are forgotten in the repertoire. We can take heart that the Lutoslawski Quartet is working to correct that.
The ensemble has recorded all seven of Bacewicz String Quartets which will be released in two recordings.
The first recording was released on Naxos in July and is available here – a recent review in The Guardian gave the album five stars. We are promised the second half, and another outstanding performance of these largely forgotten works, later this year.
For a taste, here is the Warsaw Quartet performing Bacewicz’s String Quartet No. 4: