Dariusz Skoraczewski

Cello Populus

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AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell

Album liner notes that start off with effusive, self-laudatory praise raise eyebrows as they often do not deliver on their promises. In the case of this Analog Arts album, Cello Populus, cellist, producer, recording engineer, and editor Dariusz Skoraczewski actually does give listeners what he says: a solo cello album with staggeringly beautiful sound quality. Is it vastly superior quality to virtually every other such album available? Probably not, but Skoraczewski does have something special to offer in both his playing and his ear for recorded sound. Skoraczewski's program begins with the 1923 Hindemith Solo Sonata, Op. 25/3, and progresses through works from the last half of the 20th century by Bacewicz, Crumb, Ligeti, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, and Saariaho. In each case, Skoraczewski plays with remarkably precise technique: intonation, articulation, shifts, and dynamics are all superb. He also incorporates vivid, sweeping musical gestures that instantly grab the attention of the listeners as he guides them through what, for most, is largely unfamiliar literature. His tone is rich and dark on the lower strings, clear and penetrating in the higher registers, and is seamlessly connected between the two. Put together all of these attributes and the result is a truly exceptional album that leaves listeners eagerly waiting for another installment.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 25, No. 3
1 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:46 Amazon
2 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:38 Amazon
3 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:43 Amazon
4 Dariusz Skoraczewski 00:34 Amazon
5 Dariusz Skoraczewski 02:06 Amazon
Sonata for Cello Solo
6 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:49 Amazon
7 Dariusz Skoraczewski 04:28 Amazon
8 Dariusz Skoraczewski 02:32 Amazon
9 Dariusz Skoraczewski 02:44 Amazon
10 Dariusz Skoraczewski 04:07 Amazon
Divertimento for Cello Solo
11 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:57 Amazon
12 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:41 Amazon
13 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:33 Amazon
14 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:20 Amazon
15 Dariusz Skoraczewski 02:40 Amazon
Sept Papillons for Cello Solo
16 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:20 Amazon
17 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:15 Amazon
18 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:16 Amazon
19 Dariusz Skoraczewski 02:02 Amazon
20 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:15 Amazon
21 Dariusz Skoraczewski 01:20 Amazon
22 Dariusz Skoraczewski 00:58 Amazon
Sonata for Cello Solo
23 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:27 Amazon
24 Dariusz Skoraczewski 03:45 Amazon
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