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The French-Polish Album ()

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Joanna Wronko is a Polish violinist based in Germany who, presumably as her accompanist Frank van de Laar is Dutch, works a lot in the Netherlands, as well. Wronko is a violinist who concentrates on passion and delivery more so than technique and other, more germane kinds of matters; she's more worried about what it sounds like out in the audience --and whether they are feeling what she is -- than what her fingers are doing, and in this sense she is reminiscent of violinist David Oistrakh. Perhaps this is what Frank van de Laar had in mind when he suggested Karol Szymanowski's D minor Violin Sonata -- a piece once beloved of Oistrakh -- to her to lead off Ars Musici's The French-Polish Album, her first release on CD. There's a bit of the ingénue in both Wronko's playing and personality. The very idea of a "French-Polish Album" is both a little canny and off the mark; while certainly there has been a strong crosstalk between Paris and Poland since the times of Chopin and even Johann Schobert, using that... Hide synopsis

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