Poldowski: Art Songs
Catalog: DE 3538
Format: COMPACT DISC
Mok, Gwendolyn; Alexander String Quartet; Zuluaga, Angelique; Zwahlen, Ryan
Poldowsky - the pseudonym of Lady Dean Paul, born in Belgium as Irène Régine Wieniawska, youngest daughter of the celebrated Polish violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski. Beginning in 1900, she became firmly established in London as a pianist and composer, and enjoyed success in major cities on both sides of the Atlantic. The 26 art songs heard here, four of which are world premiere recordings, eloquently attest to Poldowski's remarkabl eoriginality and facility as a composer - revealing a range of color, mood and emotion that make listeners wonder why these beautifully crafted gems ever fell into obscurity. Soprano Angelique Zuluaga's rich, dark-hued voice and supremely sensitive interpretations plus pianist Gwendolyn Mok's superb collaborations combine to create irresistible renditions of music that is ripe for rediscovery.