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Chopin: The 21 Nocturnes, The 26 Préludes / Harasiewicz


Release Date: 05/10/1994 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 442266   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are always pleasant surprises in a survey of this kind and mine was the Chopin playing of Adam Harasiewicz. He has the inestimable advantage of a very truthful Philips piano sound, which even in the early 1960s was impressively well balanced. His complete Nocturnes were made in groups over a period, which surely accounts for their freshness and spontaneity. This is obvious in the opening B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1 and equally so in the following more famous E flat (the first Chopin work I bought on a 78 as a teenager, played by Moiseiwitsch); there is also a melting D flat, Op. 27 No.2 which is full of rhapsodic feeling. Just occasionally elsewhere in these Nocturnes the last degree of flexibility is missing (compared, say, with Read more performances by an artist of the calibre of Rubinstein), but this is always highly musical playing and consistently refreshing.

Harasiewicz's keen intelligence is felt even more strongly in the Preludes, which were recorded at the same time as a set (in 1962), apart from the last two (Nos. 25 and 26). The performances give the impression of an ongoing live recital with each work contrasted, yet somehow continuing the feeling of its predecessor. The playing is nimble and fleet when called for (as in No. 3 in G major, the glittering No. 16 in B flat minor and the flowing No. 23 in F), yet never suggests bravura for its own sake. He can be touching (No. 10 in E minor, or the nocturne-like No. IS in D flat), or bring admirable poise to the 'Sylphide' No. 7 in A, or the powerfully chordal No. 20 in C minor. At all times he puts the composer's interests first. Another firstrate bargain ((D 442 266-2PH2: 145 minutes: ADD).

-- Gramophone [10/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Prelude for Piano in A flat major, B 86 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
7.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
8.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
9.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
10.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
11.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
12.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
13.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
14.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Notes: The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful. 

Sound Samples

Nocturne No.1 in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1
Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2
Nocturne No.3 in B, Op.9 No.3
Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1
Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2
Nocturne No.6 in G minor, Op.15 No.3
Nocturne No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1
Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2
Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1
Nocturne No.10 in A flat, Op.32 No.2
Nocturne No.11 in G minor, Op.37 No.1
Nocturne No.12 in G, Op.37 No.2
Nocturne No.13 in C minor, Op.48 No.1
Nocturne No.14 in F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2
Nocturne No.15 in F minor, Op.55 No.1
Nocturne No.16 in E flat, Op.55 No.2
Nocturne No.17 in B, Op.62 No.1
Nocturne No.18 in E, Op.62 No.2
Nocturne No.19 in E minor, Op.72 No.1
Nocturne No.20 in C sharp minor, Op.posth.
Nocturne No.21 in C minor, Op.posth.
24 Préludes, Op.28: 1. in C major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 2. in A minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 3. in G major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 4. in E minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 5. in D major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 6. in B minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 7. in A major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 8. in F sharp minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 9. in E major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 10. in C sharp minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 11. in B major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 12. in G sharp minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 13. in F sharp major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 14. in E flat minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 15. in D flat major ("Raindrop")
24 Préludes, Op.28: 16. in B flat minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 17. in A flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 18. in F minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 19. in E flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 20. in C minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 21. in B flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 22. in G minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 23. in F major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 24. in D minor
Prélude No.25 in C sharp minor, Op.45
Prélude No.26 in A flat, Op.posth.

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