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Dances Of Poland / Wanda Landowska


Release Date: 12/13/2005 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Michal Kazimierz OginskiJacob le PolonaisWanda LandowskaDiomedes Cato,   ... 
Performer:  Wanda Landowska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Testament restores two of Wanda Landowska's most treasurable and long-out-of-print albums. One is a 1951 collection of Polish dances, originally titled "Landowska plays for Paderewski" and repackaged in 1965 as "Dances of Ancient Poland". The second comprises 1946 recordings gathered on the 1957 release "A Treasury of Harpsichord Music". The latter's varying sound quality and occasional fade-ups on opening notes leads me to suspect that Testament's transfer stems from an LP production master tape rather than the original lacquer sources. The 1951 sessions were taped in Landowska's Lakeville, Connecticut home. Say what you will about the "inauthentic" registrations and huge sonorities of her Read more custom-built Pleyel harpsichord: Landowska's powerful rhythmic swagger and soaring accentuation communicate heartfelt authenticity in every bar.


The rumbling basses and hot-wired dotted rhythms of Oginski's A minor Polonaise, for example, are guaranteed to knock you out of your listening chair, and ditto for the earthy swing of Landowska's own Bourrée D'Auvergne No. 2 and her arrangement of the traditional wedding song "The Hop". Whether Chopin's C major Op. 56 No. 2 Mazurka should be played on a harpsichord or not doesn't matter, because Landowska's phrasing and instinctive inner rhythm surpass all piano performances I know of this composition. Her italicized 1946 remakes of Scarlatti's D major L. 418 and D minor L. 423 differ from her faster, more direct earlier HMV versions, yet her shifting registrations and subtle legato articulation cast a hypnotic spell in Couperin's Les Barricades Mistérieuses.


What extraordinary finger definition and textural clarity she brings to Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith variations! What gorgeous, rippling sonorities she divines from the Bach-Vivaldi D major concerto's rolled chords in the slow movement! Purists may scoff at the octave transpositions and unconventional gearshifts Landowska employs in Mozart's Turkish March and D major Rondo K. 485, yet few have judged the D major Menuetto's dissonances to such profound effect. Let's hope that this welcome release signifies a comprehensive Landowska/RCA series from Testament, including her two piano Mozart LPs from the late 1950s that still await their first CD appearance. [1/10/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Polonaise in A minor by Michal Kazimierz Oginski
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
2.
Gagliardi by Jacob le Polonais
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
3.
Bourée d'Auvergne by Wanda Landowska
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Chorea Polonica by Diomedes Cato
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Polonaise in G major by Michal Kazimierz Oginski
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
6.
Les Indes galantes: Air grave pour les Incas du Pérou by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
7.
Les goûts réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: no 8 in G major "dans le goût théatral" - Loure by François Couperin
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
8.
Polish Folksongs and Dances by Traditional
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Written: Poland 
Notes: Arranger: Wanda Landowska. 
9.
The Hop by Traditional
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Notes: Arranger: Wanda Landowska. 
10.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
11.
La Dauphine by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
12.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 443/L 418 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 32/L 423 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
14.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 4: Ordre 23 in F major - L'arlequine by François Couperin
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; Paris, France 
15.
Ground in C minor by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
16.
The Nightingale by Anonymous
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
17.
Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430: no 4, Air and Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Minuet for Piano in D major, K 355 (576b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786-1787; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 

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