By Bogumila Weretka-Bajdor and Karolina Piatkowska-Nowicka. By Karol Rathaus. Classical. CD. Dux Records #DUX1347. Published by Dux Records (NX.DUX1347).
The history of Polish culture in different epochs was created by composers who were staying outside the borders of the country, dispersed in many parts of the world, marking their bounds with the homeland by their works and attitude. Karol Rathaus also belonged to that group. He was one of the few Poles of the first half of the previous century who studied and then had artistic success in the most significant musical centers of the German-speaking world. Rathaus revealed a great musical talent from a very young age. He studied composition in Vienna and Berlin before being forced to move to the United States at the onset of World War II. The present release comprises extremely rarely performed pieces that have not been recorded until now, apart from the Suite, Op. 27. Violinist Karolina Piatkowska-Nowicka graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Gdansk in the class of Professor Henryk Keszkowski. She is a prizewinner of numerous chamber music competitions in Poland and abroad. Since 2006 she has been a part of the NeoQuartet string quartet specializing in the performance of contemporary music.