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Chopin Recital / Janina Fialkowska


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2597   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In a catalog dominated by all-Chopin releases that focus upon complete works within a particular genre (the Sonatas, the Etudes, the Impromptus, and so forth), there's always room for a thoughtfully programmed and well executed mixed recital, such as this 2008 offering from Janina Fialkowska.

It begins with a C-sharp minor Op. 26 No. 1 Polonaise that evokes her mentor Arthur Rubinstein's swagger while also mining the music's darker corners. Fialkowska's internalized rubato yields original, even daring effects in the A-flat Op. 34 No. 1 Waltz, notably the dangerously stretched-out transition into the D-flat major theme. The F major Op. 34 No. 3's "dog chasing its tail" passagework and capriciously-phrased middle
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Little sustain pedal supports Fialkowska's nuanced finger legato in the C-sharp minor Waltz. She also is one of the few pianists on disc to play the Barcarolle's opening measures without treating the opening note as a pedal point. Throughout the work, Fialkowska's improvisatory ebb and flow never seems disjointed or mannered, although like-minded gestures in the A-flat Prelude convince less.

Fialkowska plays the F-sharp minor Prelude outstandingly well, with long, singing lines and ideally clarified textural strands. The Op. 62 No. 1 Nocturne is conceived on a large and serious scale by virtue of Fialkowska's wide dynamic range and rhetorical breadth, even when her trills effectively die down to hushed, intimate levels. She begins the E minor Op. 41 No. 2 Mazurka in hesitant brushstrokes that grow in volume and expressive bleakness, while the extroverted D major Mazurka Op. 33 No. 2's off-beat accentuations and angular lilt truly "Mazurk"!

Perhaps the A-flat Ballade's high count of felicitous local details does not consistently jell. And in the Trio of the B minor Scherzo the frequent phrase-end ritards stop the music in its tracks, yet fiery fingers and seasoned musicianship dominate the tumultuous outer sections. In all, a fine disc.

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

1.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22: Grand polonaise brillante by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 2 in F minor, B 138 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 8 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 2 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 2 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 1 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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