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Paderewski - His Earliest Recordings


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 6006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinClaude DebussyFranz LisztSigismund Stojowski,   ... 
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Systematic treatment of Paderewski's large discography is long overdue, and here we have his earliest recording sessions (1911-1912) complete, including seven previously unpublished sides, all presented in exceptionally clean, vivid new transfers by Seth Winner. Yes, the pianist's technique was erratic and his rhythmic equilibrium not consistently stable, yet gorgeous moments invariably transpire.

For example, a Feburary 1912 Chopin F-sharp Nocturne from Paris features a brisk, wooden, and not very expressive middle section that gives no hint of the ravishingly drawn-out main theme recapitulation and coda to follow. A July 1911 Chopin A-flat Op. 34 No. 1 Waltz contains plenty of rough edges and slapdash jumps, but the trills
Read more are simply to die for. In fairness, Paderewski did better in his London remake a year later. The same goes for Liszt's La Campanella, and the Chopin A minor Op. 17 No. 4 Mazurka, where Paderewski's right-hand arabesques offhandedly yet magically float over the barlines.

However, I'm sure that he would have wanted to redo the Military Polonaise's blotchier passages, although this July 1911 version easily surpasses the far sloppier Victor traversal from the late teens. The February 1912 Revolutionary Etude is a shade rougher than Paderewski's better known electrical recording, yet steadier in pulse. For effortless legato and a strong sense of timing that not all of Paderewski's recordings convey, go to the first and third pieces from Schumann's Fantasiestücke. The Chopin/Liszt Maiden's Wish and Liszt's La Leggierezza find Paderewski in full control, at his most fluent, poetic, and communicative.

Producer Donald Manildi's informative, fair-minded annotations discuss these recordings in the context of their time and Paderewski's career. Whether or not this release signifies a future complete Paderewski edition from APR, it is bound to entice historic piano recording collectors.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 9 in G flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 1, Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 7 in C major, B 68 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
15.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Chant d'Amour, Op. 26 no 3 by Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
18.
Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
19.
Nachtstücke (4) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in F major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
20.
Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21.
Miscellanea for Piano, Op. 16: no 4, Nocturne in B flat major by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
22.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 4, Adagio in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
23.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 3, Molto allegro in A major "Hunting Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
24.
Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 6, Cracovienne fantastique by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
25.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 1, Des Abends by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
26.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 2, Aufschwung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
27.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 3, Warum? by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
28.
Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 1, Maiden's wish by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
29.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
30.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
32.
Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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