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Szymanowski: Piano Works Vol 3 / Martin Roscoe


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553867   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many months lapsed between the first two installments in Martin Roscoe's Szymanowski cycle for Naxos and the present volume. But the wait was worth it. Roscoe's full-bodied sonority and impeccable technique lovingly serve Szymanowski's kaleidoscopic, richly communicative keyboard idiom. The pianist's legato phrasing is primarily obtained through finger power and arm weight, with discreet help from the sustain pedal. By contrast, Martin Jones (who recorded Szymanowski's complete piano music for Nimbus) uses more pedal to achieve a little more variety in texture, articulation, and dynamics. Yet both pianists complement each other. Roscoe's grand treatment of the 13th through 16th Op. 50 Mazurkas points up the music's sensual textures and Read more rustic melodicism in a way that differs from Jones' quirkier, equally convincing readings. Choosing between the pianists' masterful traversals of the Op. 33 Etudes is a matter of apples versus oranges. While neither pianist quite matches Raymond Clarke's sizzling account of the C-sharp minor Prelude and Fugue (Athene), Roscoe edges out Jones with a more incisive fugal finale to the early C minor sonata. A marvelous disc.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 33 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Polish Dances (4) for Piano by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Prelude and Fugue for Piano in C sharp minor by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1909; Warsaw, Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 8 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Warsaw, Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50: no 13, Moderato by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6. Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50: no 14, Animato by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7. Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50: no 15, Allegretto dolce by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8. Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50: no 16, Allegramente - vigoroso by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Poland 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Hampshire, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

20 Mazurkas, Op. 50: XIII. Moderato
20 Mazurkas, Op. 50: XIV. Animato
20 Mazurkas, Op. 50: XV. Allegretto dolce
20 Mazurkas, Op. 50: XVI. Allegramente: Vigoroso
12 Studies, Op. 33: I. Presto
12 Studies, Op. 33: II. Andantino soave
12 Studies, Op. 33: III. Vivace assai
12 Studies, Op. 33: IV. Presto
12 Studies, Op. 33: V. Andante espressivo
12 Studies, Op. 33: VI. Vivace
12 Studies, Op. 33: VII. Allegro molto
12 Studies, Op. 33: VIII. Lento assai mesto
12 Studies, Op. 33: IX. Animato
12 Studies, Op. 33: X. Presto
12 Studies, Op. 33: XI. Andante soave
12 Studies, Op. 33: XII. Presto energico
4 Polish Dances: I. Poland IV: Mazurka
4 Polish Dances: II. Poland V: Krakowiak
4 Polish Dances: III. Poland VI: Oberek
4 Polish Dances: IV. Poland VII: Polonaise
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor: I. Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor: II. Fugue
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8: III. Tempo di minuetto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8: IV. Finale

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