Tasmin Little plays Szymanowski and Karłowicz
One of the most prominent British violinists in the world is known for her weakness for Polish music. Along with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner, Tasmin Little recorded Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz’s violin concertos. Her new album will be released in September 2017 with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and its Polska Music programme.
Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent, at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. She works with the philharmonics in, among others, Berlin, Seattle, London.
Since 2008, she has led the Naked Violin project, which promotes classical music, providing pieces of music for free, as well as Little performing in cities and towns which do not have rich cultural calendars.
Little’s repertoire includes a wide array of classical music, including French, British and many Polish pieces by Witold Lutosławski, Maurycy Moszkowski and Andrzej Panufnik –Panufnik’s daughter Roxanne composed a piece called The Four Seasons for Little, which was broadcast on the BBC before the 2012 Olympics in London. At the beginning of 2017, Little and pianist Piers Lane recorded a critically acclaimed album with pieces by César Franck (Sonata, op. 9), Gabriel Faure (Romance op. 28) and Karol Szymanowski (Sonata, Op.9, Romans, Op.23 and Nocturne and Tarantella, Op.28).
In September 2017, yet another album of Tasmin Little’s is coming out, with her interpretations with of pieces by Polish composers: Violin Concerto No. 1 (1916) and Violin Concerto No. 2 (1932-33) by Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Violin Concerto in A major. Little is accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
The oldest of the concerts was composed during the partitions, another during the Great War, while the last was written when the Second Polish Republic was being built. The first draws on the tradition of lyricism developed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. The next moves us towards Debussy and a fascination with the exotic influences, the last is saturated with the folk culture of the Tatra Mountains. The album is accompanied by a booklet which includes an essay by Adriana Thomas, a British musicologist specialising in Polish music.
Sources: promotional materials, compiled by FL, translated by NR