Zygmunt Krauze in Chengdu, May 2016

 

"...Zygmunt Krauze is an interesting figure on the contemporary Polish and world musical scene: a composer and pianist, invariably a symbol of innovation and experiment, of bold proposals and surprising solutions conceived within an original artistic framework."

Elzbieta Widlak,
Polish Music Publishers PWM, Krakow

 

...the version of Stockhausen's Plus-Minus, realized by Zygmunt Krauze, dialoguing at the piano with a tape-recording that had been prepared earlier on other instruments, was recognized as an event, especially as this piece, rarely performed, in which a margin of invention is left to the performer, could not be placed in any hands. These, luckily, belonged to a composer who is distinguished by conscientiousness which adds to the formal clarity of his works and was of incomparable service to the undoubtedly exceptional interpretation. Zygmunt Krauze has acquired the ability of using an aleatory score in the best sense of the word...

Gérard Condé
Le Monde, 4 IV 1984

 

Krauze played eight of his piano pieces. His marvelous playing won our hearts and ears. A rich store of hue, shades and colours, like in a spectacular symphony. His special use of the pedals adds the dimension of bells and harmonics. His playing wakens the curiosity to listen to him in Bach and Chopin - in which he is regarded as a unique interpreter.

Ora Binur-Schmid
Ha-ariv, 28 X 1991, Jerusalem

 

...there is a moment in Krauze's biography at which we must stop, because it cannot be separated from his creative attitude. A case in point are his piano recitals that he has been giving since the mid-seventies, entitling them The Last Recital. In their programmes he placed, besides contemporary works, shorter or longer quotations from well-known classical and Romantic works, deforming their notation in an amusing way. It was surely a peculiar manifestation of a post-modern attitude and, at the same time, a textbook symptom of it: the composer played with the popular music of the past and at the same time revalued it ironically...

Elzbieta Szczepanska
Studio, 1998

 

Mr. Krauze wears enough hats to drive a Lewis Carroll hatter mad. Avant-grade pianist, of the distant far-out, composer, focus of an upcoming Polish television film series, and head of a modern chamber group, he has the mercury fingers, astute ear, and droll lack of inhibition that invite other composers to write for him, too.
His piano is a precious thing, different from the 88 keys our teachers showed us - virgin territory for creating infinite sounds and fertile ground for adding them together. A performance becomes a theater, sometimes absurdist. And the performer, an explorer who plays a creative role in making music decisions.

Linda Winer
Chicago Tribune, 27 IV 1972

 

The poet-musician, inspired by ascetic painting, evolves his unistic compositions from one turn, gesture, formula, motif; from a subtly nuanced material. I am attracted by the quaint gentleness of this music, which, after all, does not exclude the more forceful accents of energy and power as well as moments of tragic aspect. The fascinating thinness of the sound material continually spun out, in which neither the beginning nor the end are overemphasized. This does not mean that it is amorphous music, a shapeless stream of sounds. But it does not impose structure, construction, form. The notion of a similarly impressive or impressionistic music was once a guiding principle for Debussy at the start of the century.

Bohdan Pociej
Ruch Muzyczny

 

Zygmunt Krauze is a musician who possesses this inconceivable sense of theatricality. It is with him that I succeed in reconciling music, which must always play an important part, with my own principles concerning drama and dramaturgy. I met him while staging his opera The Star (twice: at the International Festival in Lille and then in Théatre National de la Colline). Since then, the idea of dramatic music, which has become our common language, has become clear for both of us in an obvious way: there should be nothing that is not connected with the demands of theatricality, whether decorative, or purely utilitarian. During my cooperation with Zygmunt Krauze I have always had the deep and attractive satisfaction of being able to combine and confront my own sensitivity with that of a deep and ingenious artist, who can play with a wide musical vocabulary with the utmost freedom, in any mode expression, with the most dynamic, agility - irrespective of the attitude he adopts towards it.

Jorge Lavelli, producer, director of Théatre National de la Colline