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Chopin: Mazurkas / Lushtak


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2707   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Faina Lushtak's Russian training manifests itself over the course of roughly half of Chopin's complete Mazurkas in regard to her big, juicy sonority, assertive fingers, and heart-on-sleeve phrasing. She employs a huge dynamic range and doles out rubato in generous measures, generally focusing her attention on the music's top line. There's a shapeless, predictable quality to her rhythmic pushing and pulling in pieces like Op. 6 No. 2, Op. 17 Nos. 3 and 4, Op. 24 No. 4, and Op. 63 No. 3. Yet Lushtak's subjectivity also can generate palpable drama: notice, for example, how the A-flat Op. 24 No. 3 and D-flat Op. 30 No. 3 Mazurkas receive more tough-skinned, sharply accented readings than usual. In the final analysis, listeners will infer Read more greater consistency and proportion from Garrick Ohlsson (Arabesque) and Arthur Rubinstein (his stereo RCA version). Indeed, Centaur's own catalog boasts a very distinctive cycle featuring Antonio Barbosa-Lima. However, at her best, Lushtak truly holds your attention, and her piano is excellently reproduced. Are the remaining Mazurkas forthcoming?

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
2.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
3.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
4.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
5.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 11 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
6.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 
7.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Faina Lushtak (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827-1849 
Venue:  Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, U. of New Orleans, LA (01/11/2004 - 01/12/2004) 

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