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Come Dance With Me

Ginastera / Musial,Katarzyna
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Meridian Records   Catalog #: 84621   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alberto GinasteraJoaquin TurinaOlivier MessiaenErnesto Lecuona,   ... 
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

COME DANCE WITH ME Katarzyna Musia? (pn) MERIDIAN 84621 (70:25)



GINASTERA Danzas Argentinas. Suite de Danzas Criollas. TURINA Danzas Gitanas. MESSIAEN Prélude No. 1, “La Colombe.” Prélude No. 8, “Un reflet dans le vent.” LECUONA Read more La Comparsa. Malagueña. MATHIEU Prelude No. 5, “Prelude romantique.” STOJOWSKI Vision de danse. Intermezzo–Mazurka. Mazurka fantasque. GERSHWIN Piano Prelude No. 3. GÓRECKI 4 Preludes, op. 1. MOMPOU Canciones y Danzas


What a wonderful, surprising, and delightful disc this is! Polish-Canadian pianist Musia?, who studied in both countries, presents here a set of miniature treasures, most of them little-known outside their countries of origin, and all of them played with a rare combination of energy and style. Musia? obviously loves these lively and charming miniatures, and thus elevates them by paying close attention to their every facet. Hers is the kind of pianism that has become all too rare in today’s cookie-cutter, competition-driven world.


From the very beginning, Musia? draws you into the music. The opening of “Danza del viejo boyero” from Ginastera’s op. 2, the Danzas Argentinas, is subdued and mysterious. We may indeed wonder where the “dance” is. But then, she suddenly opens up the music with an almost boisterous and certainly playful treatment of the “danza” itself, producing a true Latin rhythm, and this wonderful feeling of mood contrast continues through this short cycle and into Turina’s Danzas Gitanas. Musia? has the rare gift of making you feel that she thoroughly enjoys the music she plays. Correct but clinical readings are evidently foreign to her nature.


I was most curious to hear what the Messiaen and Górecki pieces sounded like. If there are two composers whose work does not speak to me of dance, it is they. The first Messiaen Prélude alternates slow, atmospheric music with quick episodes, not really suggesting “dance” to me, and the second, though much faster in tempo, is too Debussy-like to dance to either, but the very early Górecki works (they are his op. 1) have a wonderful energy about them quite different from the composer’s later works.


Within the framework of this disc’s premise, I was more than happy to hear Lecuona’s Malagueña, a piece once so popular that it was heard in nearly every American household (at least on the radio if nowhere else), yet which, to me, was always a quality work. I wish Musia? had also included Jacopo Gade’s once-ubiquitous Jalousie as well or, better yet, Morton Gould’s unjustly neglected Boogie Woogie Etude since, after all, it is the feeling of the dance we are exploring here. In place of the latter we get the third Gershwin Prelude, and although I would have preferred the Gould piece (or Jelly Roll Morton’s Fingerbreaker ), I was pleasantly surprised by Musia?’s unique performance of it. Eschewing the usual rapid-fire pyrotechnics, she injects a Spanish strut to the music that I greatly enjoyed.


Musia? includes a very interesting and well-written piece by Quebecois composer André Mathieu, who died prematurely at age 39, and three brief but fascinating works by the largely forgotten Polish composer Zygmunt Stojowski (1887–1946). In the music of both these writers, the dance element is subjugated to creative and complex writing that immediately grabs one’s attention for its excellence. The pianist explains in her liner notes that the complexity of the Stojowski pieces, as well as their rarity, led her to include them on this disc, but no apology is necessary, and once it gets going, Vision de danse does indeed have its own swagger.


Following the Górecki pieces, Musia? gives us two Canciones y Danzas by Frederic Mompou before closing out her recital with the five “Creole dances” of Ginastera. This is, quite simply, a remarkably fascinating and enjoyable album by an artist of evidently high merit. I look forward to hearing any future releases she may give us.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Danzas argentinas (3), Op. 2 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Argentina 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Danzas gitanas, Set 1, Op. 55 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Spain 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Prélude (8): No. 1, La Colombe by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928-1929 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Prélude (8): No. 8, Un reflet dans le vent by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928-1929 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
La comparsa, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: Cuba 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Malagueña, song for voice & piano by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Prélude for piano No. 5 ("Prélude romantique") by André Mathieu
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Vision de danse, for piano, Op. 24/4 by Zygmunt Stojowski
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Intermezzo-Mazurka, for piano, Op. 15/2 by Zygmunt Stojowski
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
Mazurka fantasque, for piano, Op. 28/1 by Zygmunt Stojowski
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12.
Preludes (4) for Piano, Op. 1 by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Poland 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 1, Petiteta l'han casada/La dansa de Castelltersol by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 6, Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Spain 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Creole Dance Suite, Op. 15 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Katarzyna Musial (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Argentina 
Venue:  Church of St. Edward the Confessor, Lond 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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