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String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 5
String Quartet No.4
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio
This album contains a recording of three string quartets arranged for string orchestra, one of the greatest showpieces of the compositional activity of Szymon Laks.
‘I spent […] almost three years in Oswiecim, and what I saw and experienced there could not but weigh on my biography, not only psychological, but also musical. [ ] It was difficult to get back to normal life like to an interesting book that one interrupts right in the middle of it. A lot of time was still to pass before it all settled down and I rediscovered a sense of composing,’ said Szymon Laks (19011983) in an interview with Tadeusz Kaczynski for Ruch Muzyczny (21/1964). Number 49543 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, an outstanding composer, violinist, writer and passionate linguist and translator admitted that it was music that saved his life in the extermination camp, where he stayed from 1942 to 1944.