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Chopin Recital 2 / Janina Fialkowska

Chopin / Fialkowska
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2666   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



For her second Chopin album, Janina Fialkowska once again offers a carefully chosen miscellany rather than a more conventional chronology. And, to an even greater extent than before, her performances blaze and challenge with a potent and highly individual sense of drama.

- Gramophone

We have had many celebrated executants in London in this Chopin anniversary year -- Zimerman, Pollini and Yundi Li among them -- but none has taken my breath away quite like Fialkowska. If you have the chance to hear her, cancel all other appointments.

- The Evening Standard (London)

Fialkowska is formidable...performs with a clarity
Read more that sets her apart from the ordinary superstars.

- The Toronto Star

Fialkowska was always one of those "best-kept secret" pianists, loved by connoisseurs for her tonal refinement and exquisite musical taste, but her ordeal seems to have released a new lease of life in her music-making... the playing is sheer bliss. If you buy one Chopin selection this year, make it Fialkowska's.

- The Sunday Times (London)

You only have to listen to the Scherzo No 2 to realize she remains a supreme Chopin stylist, combining temperament with an unsentimental touch.”

- Financial Times (London) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 13 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 11 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 10 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
5.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 

Sound Samples

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2
Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.
Waltz No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, "Valse brillante"
Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 10 in C sharp minor
24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 11 in B major
24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 13 in F sharp major
Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1
Mazurka No. 50 in A minor, Op. posth., "Notre temps"
Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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