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Chopin: Songs / Kurzak, Kwiecien, Goerner

Chopin / Kurzak / Kwiecien / Goerner
Release Date: 05/11/2010 
Label:  Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog #: 16   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson GoernerAleksandra KurzakMariusz Kwiecien
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHOPIN Songs Aleksandra Kurzak (s); Mariusz Kwiecien (bar); Nelson Goerner (fp) NARODOWY INSTYTUT FRYDERYKA CHOPINA 016 (52:22 &)


There are only 19 songs by Chopin extant; luckily, they fit readily on a compact disc, as in this new collection, with its fine notes, and texts in both Polish and English. The notes to every recording of these songs begin with an apology for their slightness, for the poverty of the texts, as well as a measured encomium for their charms. I’ll Read more emphasize their charms. Many are love poems dramatizing the power of a missing loved one ( Witchcraft; A Fickle Maid; Remembrance) ; none sound tragic. Rather these are tuneful, well-executed songs, something like parlor music. Some are more beautiful than others: I will single out the song translated as Faded and Vanished, beautifully sung by Aleksandra Kurzak, for its slow-moving pathos. Of course there is the occasional lively drinking song, put forth vigorously by Mariusz Kwiecien. Given Poland’s history, it is hard not to be affected by the lament Poland’s Dirge, in which the poet sings of villages emptied by war in the hope of uniting a free Poland (“All in vain for freedom / Strove our valiant brothers, / None were left to comfort / Poland’s mourning mothers.”) Chopin for a short stanza indicates the Poles’ fighting spirit with thumping piano chords, but Polish feistiness, as the music soon discovers, went for naught. This recording, made as part of an already distinguished series, is easily recommended: The singing is lovely; the accompaniment by an exceptional Chopin pianist, Nelson Goerner, is what one would expect.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 1, The wish, B 33 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Aleksandra Kurzak ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 5, There where she loves, B 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Mariusz Kwiecien ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 7, The envoy, B 50 no 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Aleksandra Kurzak ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Czary, B 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 4, Merrymaking, B 50 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 6, Out of my sight!, B 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 10, The warrior, B 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 16, Lithuanian song, B 63 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Aleksandra Kurzak ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 3, The sad stream, B 63 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Aleksandra Kurzak ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 15, The bridegroom, B 63 no 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 17, Hymn from the tomb by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 14, The ring, B 103 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano), Mariusz Kwiecien ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
13.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 12, My darling, B 112 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 2, Spring, B 116 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
15.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 8, Handsome lad, B 143 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16.
Dumka, B 147 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 13, I want what I have not by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
18.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 11, The Double End by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
19.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 9, Melodya, B 165 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (), Nelson Goerner (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Venue:  Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Pol 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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