Chopin: Complete Polonaises, 16 Walzes / Adam Harasiewicz
Number of Discs:
2 Hours 39 Mins.
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
There are not many good complete recordings of Chopin's dances in the current catalogue, so] a big welcome to the Philips compilation of the Polonaises and Waltzes - not quite all the Waltzes, though only anoraks will complain about the minor omissions.
Adam Harasiewicz won the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1955, preceding Pollini [in 1960] and Argerich [in 1965]. I have no hesitation in making this issue my benchmark for both Polonaises and Waltzes. Harasiewicz has an impeccable sense of style - just listen to the crisp edge he gives the opening of the "Military" Polonaise, Op. 40 no. 1 - and he also has an acute poetic sense - as in the gloomy fatalism which hangs over the E flat minor Polonaise, Op. 26/2.
His command of Chopin's virtuoso decorative writing is superb, too - he revels in it - and he's one of the very few pianists to solve the riddle of the problematic Polonaise-Fantaisie, taking the listener through it without any uncertainty.
In the Polonaises Harasiewicz keeps a sense of dignified poise. In the Waltzes, on the other hand, he is irresistibly physical, even punchy, while characterising contrasted sections with a brilliant sense of character.
Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)
-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Polonaise No.1 in C sharp minor, Op.26 No.1
Polonaise No.2 in E flat minor, Op.26 No.2
Polonaise No.3 in A, Op.40 No.1 - "Military"
Polonaise No.4 in C minor, Op.40 No.2
Polonaise No.5 in F sharp minor, Op.44
Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"
Polonaise No.7 in A flat, Op.61 Polonaise-Fantaisie
Polonaise No.8 in D minor, Op.71 No.1
Polonaise No.9 in B flat, Op.71 No.2
Waltz No.4 in F, Op.34 No.3
Polonaise No.10 in F minor, Op.71 No.3
Waltz No.5 in A flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse"
Waltz No.15 in E, Op.posth.
Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
Waltz No.16 in A flat, Op.posth.
Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
Waltz No.8 in A flat, Op.64 No.3
Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell"
Waltz No.10 in B minor, Op.69 No.2
Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
Waltz No.12 in F minor/A flat, Op.70 No.2
Waltz No.13 in D flat, Op.70 No.3
Polonaise in G minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in B flat, Op.posth.
Polonaise in A flat, Op.posth.
Polonaise in G sharp minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in B flat minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in G flat, Op.posth.
Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No.2 in A flat, Op.34 No.1 - "Valse brillante"
Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Waltz No.14 in E minor, Op.posth.
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Utterly infectious October 6, 2012
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