"Lipinski was first a friend and later a rival of Paganini. He was known all over Europe but, unfortunately, his music is nowadays almost forgotten. So, we must welcome these excellent performances and recommend them to everybody who is fond of chamber music."
Pizzicato, October 2018
"Voytek Proniewicz – Violinist solo violin, Adam Roszkowski violin, and Jan Roszkowski cello, join together here in what seems to be their first encounter as a trio, and project this „new” music flawlessly. From the pointed rhythms of the Finale, Bolero from the Op. 8 to the minuet character of the Andante from the Op. 12, all aspects of this music are given proper weight and expressive detail. And all technical demands are easily dispatched with authority by Voytek Proniewicz. It also goes without saying that Naxos, once again, has gone out on a limb here to offer all of us something other than Mozart to enjoy listening to”
Classical Music Sentinel, August 2018
"The G-Minor Trio Op.8 features fast runs, octaves and chromatic runs, including one in octaves. Don’t try this at home. The A-Major Trio Op.12 doesn’t sound that much easier, either.
There’s great playing here – lively, passionate, skillful, committed and always entertaining in charming works that are light but never facile or frivolous."
The Whole Note, December 2018
„Le premier violon, Voytek Proniewicz – Violinist est sensationnel. Son exécution est celle d’un grand virtuose. Il est complètement absorbé dans la musique, très à l’écoute de sa propre sonorité, parfois délicate ou d’une profondeur enivrante. La démesure et le charme. Chaudement recommandé.”
Le Parnasse Musical, September 2018
Karol Lipiński built a distinguished career in the 19th century. In Vienna, he met Luis Spohr and, in Piacenza, in 1818 he performed together with Nicolo Paganini whom he competed against to win the title of the best violinist. In Paris, it was Chopin who helped him organize a concert. From 1839, he stayed in Dresden where he took up a position of a concertmaster at the Court Orchestra. That was where he played with Ferenc Liszt, cooperated with Richard Wagner and made friends with Robert Schumann. Karol Lipiński was one of the first before Fryderyk Chopin, who made the polish music culture worldwide known.
Although Polish-born virtuoso and composer Karol Lipiński embraced the innovations of Paganini and other 19th-century virtuosos, he disdained 'empty' technique devoid of musical depth, preferring the artistic ethos of Spohr, Tartini and Viotti. Described as 'lyrical Slavic folk tunes with elements of the ballad', the expertly crafted G minor and A major string trios are notable for their warmly expressive themes to go along with the bravura runs and double stopping heard in the primo violin part.
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