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Paderewski, Chopin, Szymanowski, Paderewski / Michael Szymanowski

Paderewski / Chopin / Szymanowski
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Cd Accord   Catalog #: 170   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinKarol SzymanowskiIgnace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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PADEREWSKI Minuet. Legend. Mazurka. CHOPIN Nocturne, op. 27/2. Ballade in F. Mazurka, op. 6. Fantasy. SZYMANOWSKI Etude in b. Wariacje Micha? Szymanowski (pn) ACCORD ACD 170-2 (66: 50)


This is, simply, one of the most impressive Read more solo piano debut albums I have heard in a long time. Michal Szymanowski was born in 1988, but there is nothing especially callow about his artistry. He plays this all-Polish recital with a sense of repose and patience that is remarkable. A hallmark for his manner can be found in the performance of the Chopin Nocturne op. 27/1, one of the most familiar and beloved works by the great master. Szymanowski plays it with an uncanny mastery of pacing, voicing, and dramatic emphasis. There is true daring in his feathery pianissimos , which manage to retain a sense of dynamic heft, and the dreamy flow he imparts at the coda recalls such giants as Rubinstein, Moravec, and Horszowski. Oh yes.


Szymanowski is a native Polish lad, and perhaps there is something in the water there that endows the locals with an intuitive sense of rhythm and pace. This quality is notable in the mazurkas, nationalistic dance forms that require a rhythmic and dynamic shaping that can elude non-native performers. Szymanowksi plays this material as naturally as one walks and breaths; there is not a trace of artifice. He finds more in common between Paderewski and Chopin in this form than separates them. Similarly, the pianist seems to have a knack for finding a dramatically convincing tempo and weight, as for example in the Chopin Fantasy, where the final march often sounds rushed in other hands. Szymanowski delivers just the right theatrical strut to bring the music to life.


There are so many technical wizards out there freshly minted from conservatories that it seems scarcely worthwhile to make a point of virtuosity, but here, too, Szymanowski brings something special to bear on the music, and not in any showy way. His tonality is highly alluring, a bit bright, but very colorful. His sense of harmonic voicing is also really keen and smart, most rewarding in the large chords in the Chopin. Finally, but not least, there is Szymanowski’s wonderfully shaped phrasing, featuring extraordinarily fine gradations of dynamics, again, most appreciated in the big Chopin works, including his powerful account of the ballade, but also in the exquisite shadings of the nocturne.


The program, too, is not from the usual cookie-cutter. The three Polish composers are connected by a dramatic and stylistic arc, with the mighty Chopin at the center of the mix, but surprisingly, not really dominating it (although he is obviously the most important of the group). This is because the individual pieces are connected by certain folkloric elements, mainly in the form of the mazurka (which appears in the Karol Szymanowski variation set Wariacje , which was written in the early 20th century and dedicated to Artur Rubinstein). Even the once insanely popular, now rather trite Paderewski Minuet sounds right at home here, and as charming and graceful as can be imagined. This kid is a comer. Keep listening.


FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 4: no 3 in B flat minor by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Variations for Piano in B flat minor, Op. 3 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Poland 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Miscellanea for Piano, Op. 16: no 1, Légende by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888; Poland 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Danses polonaises, Op. 9: no 3, Mazurka in A major by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Michal Szymanowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1883; Poland 
Venue:  Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Humoresques de concert, Op. 14: No. 1. Menuet celebre
Miscellanea, Op. 16: No. 1. Legende in A flat major
6 danses polonaises, Op. 9: No. 3. Mazurka in A major
Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Mazurka No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 1
Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 2
Mazurka No. 3 in E major, Op. 6, No. 3
Mazurka No. 4 in E flat minor, Op. 6, No. 4
Mazurka No. 9 in C major, Op. 7, No. 5
Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
4 Studies, Op. 4: No. 3. Andante in modo d'una canzona
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Tema Andantino tranquillo e semplice
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 1: L'istesso tempo
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 2: Agitato
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 3: Andante quasi tempo di mazurka
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 4: Con moto
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 5: Lento dolce
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 6: Scherzando: Vivace molto
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 7: Allegro agitato ed energico
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 8: Meno mosso: Mesto
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 9: Tempo di Valse: Grazioso
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 10: Andantino
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 11: Andantino dolce affettuoso
Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3: Variation 12: Allegro con fuoco

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 Perfection July 5, 2013 By Huey P. (Dallas, TX) See All My Reviews "This performance of Paderewski's Minuet Op. 14 is the finest I have ever heard. It is like hearing it performed by Paderewski himself." Report Abuse
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