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Chopin: Complete Polonaises, 16 Walzes / Adam Harasiewicz


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 462874   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are not many good complete recordings of Chopin's dances in the current catalogue, so] a big welcome to the Philips compilation of the Polonaises and Waltzes - not quite all the Waltzes, though only anoraks will complain about the minor omissions.

Adam Harasiewicz won the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1955, preceding Pollini [in 1960] and Argerich [in 1965]. I have no hesitation in making this issue my benchmark for both Polonaises and Waltzes. Harasiewicz has an impeccable sense of style - just listen to the crisp edge he gives the opening of the "Military" Polonaise, Op. 40 no. 1 - and he also has an acute poetic sense - as in the gloomy fatalism which hangs over the E flat minor Polonaise, Op. 26/2.
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His command of Chopin's virtuoso decorative writing is superb, too - he revels in it - and he's one of the very few pianists to solve the riddle of the problematic Polonaise-Fantaisie, taking the listener through it without any uncertainty.

In the Polonaises Harasiewicz keeps a sense of dignified poise. In the Waltzes, on the other hand, he is irresistibly physical, even punchy, while characterising contrasted sections with a brilliant sense of character.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
2. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
3. Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
4. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
5. Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
6. Polonaises (3) for Piano, Op. 71 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1828; Poland 
7. Polonaise for Piano in B flat minor, B 13 "Adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
8. Polonaise for Piano in G flat major, B 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
9. Polonaise for Piano in G minor, B 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Poland 
10. Polonaise for Piano in B flat major, B 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Poland 
11. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 5 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Poland 
12. Polonaise for Piano in G sharp minor, B 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Poland 
13. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
14. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
15. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
16. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
17. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
18. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
19. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
20. Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
21. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 

Sound Samples

Polonaise No.1 in C sharp minor, Op.26 No.1
Polonaise No.2 in E flat minor, Op.26 No.2
Polonaise No.3 in A, Op.40 No.1 - "Military"
Polonaise No.4 in C minor, Op.40 No.2
Polonaise No.5 in F sharp minor, Op.44
Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"
Polonaise No.7 in A flat, Op.61 Polonaise-Fantaisie
Polonaise No.8 in D minor, Op.71 No.1
Polonaise No.9 in B flat, Op.71 No.2
Polonaise No.10 in F minor, Op.71 No.3
Waltz No.15 in E, Op.posth.
Waltz No.16 in A flat, Op.posth.
Polonaise in G minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in B flat, Op.posth.
Polonaise in A flat, Op.posth.
Polonaise in G sharp minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in B flat minor, Op.posth.
Polonaise in G flat, Op.posth.
Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No.2 in A flat, Op.34 No.1 - "Valse brillante"
Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Waltz No.4 in F, Op.34 No.3
Waltz No.5 in A flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse"
Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
Waltz No.8 in A flat, Op.64 No.3
Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell"
Waltz No.10 in B minor, Op.69 No.2
Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
Waltz No.12 in F minor/A flat, Op.70 No.2
Waltz No.13 in D flat, Op.70 No.3
Waltz No.14 in E minor, Op.posth.

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