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Chopin: The Three Sonatas, The Barcarolle, Etc / Harasiewicz


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 464025   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Comprising the bulk of Chopin's larger works for solo piano, this CD provides an excellent overview of his compositional style. Virtuostic, and introspective, Chopin's music, though written, often has an improvisatory quality. His Scherzos are not playful in the traditionally jocular connotation of the genre; but in a sense, through his demands on the performer and the roving chromaticism of his writing, Chopin can be seen as playing, in a serious way, with the details of technique and harmony.
The sonatas, typically Romantic in their unconventional forms, are beautifully dramatic and moving works. The familiar "Marche funebre" from Sonata Number 2, has become a cliched signifier of death and mourning, but keep in mind that it was not a
Read more cliche before Chopin, and marvel at his powers of evocation.
Adam Harasiewicz is certainly up to Chopin's very demanding task. He executes the harrowing opening in the B-minor Scherzo with jaw dropping ease, but he doesn't sound mechanical, drawing a lyrical melody from among the descending arpeggios just before the recapitulation of the opening material. His rubato in the Baracarole fluctuates gently, giving the music a dreamy, pensive quality without taking away from the forward motion of the rhythm. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/1968 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 21 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 21 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 24 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/1958 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6. Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1958 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1965 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9. Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1958 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 09/1967 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11. Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1963 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13. Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Bach Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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