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Paderewski - Moonlight Sonata

Paderewski,Ignace
Release Date: 08/09/2005 
Label:  Bel Canto Society   Catalog #: 24  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenIgnace Jan PaderewskiFrédéric ChopinFranz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paderewski portrays himself. The film includes a 21-minute recital (Chopin “Heroic Polonaise,” Liszt “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Beethoven “Moonlight,”) + Paderewski “Minuet in G.”

When Paderewski is playing, the camera mostly is trained on his face or hands, revealing details his records can’t: You see that he keeps his fingers bent except for the pinkies, which he often holds straight. With the left hand he often strikes the lowest note first, the rest of the hand follows and then the right hand comes down.

His rhythms are flexible within a strict overall tempo. Serene playing. Casts a spell.

—Stefan Zucker
Paderewski portrays himself. The film includes a 21-minute recital (Chopin “Heroic Polonaise,” Liszt “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Beethoven “Moonlight,”) + Paderewski “Minuet in G.”

When Paderewski is playing, the camera mostly is trained on his face or hands, revealing details his records can’t: You see that he keeps his fingers bent except for the pinkies, which he often holds straight. With the left hand he often strikes the lowest note first, the rest of the hand follows and then the right hand comes down.

His rhythms are flexible within a strict overall tempo. Serene playing. Casts a spell.

—Stefan Zucker
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888 
3.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: Excerpt(s) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 

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