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Szymanowski: Piano Music / Karaskiewicz


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25151  
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Barbara Karaskiewicz
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To many, Szymanowski was the most important composer from Poland - taking the Romantic tradition of Chopin, and transforming it into style which retained the Romantic ideals but firmly within the 20th century, approaching modernism with music of enormous vitality and requiring virtuoso performance. This selection of works from the beginning, middle and en dof his output is indeed played superbly by Barbara Karaskiewicz, whose Polishness can only enhance her deep understanding of and application to this music. Included are the nine preludes, Op. 1 and the four etudes, Op. 4, rooted in the Romantic tradition; Masques from the middle period, picturesque music-portraits; and the two late Mazurkas, Op. 62. This album follows the critically Read more acclaimed disc of works by another Polish post-Romantic, the lesser known but equally skilled Roman Statkowski. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (9) for Piano, Op. 1 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Barbara Karaskiewicz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Poland 
2.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 4 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Barbara Karaskiewicz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 
3.
Masques (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Barbara Karaskiewicz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
4.
Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 62 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Barbara Karaskiewicz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; Poland 

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