WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Chopin: Nocturnes, Preludes / Harasiewicz


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93529   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

This title is currently unavailable.



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.

-- Gramophone [10/1994]
reviewing this set previously reissued as Philips 442266
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
2.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
3.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
4.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
5.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
6.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
7.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
8.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
9.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
10.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
11.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 1 in G minor, B 119 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
12.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
13.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
14.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 2 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
15.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
16.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
17.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
18.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
19.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
20.
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. 
21.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
22.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In