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Szymanowski: Etudes, Fantasy, Metopes, Masque / Dennis Lee


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55081   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Dennis Lee
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Perhaps Szymanowski’s music is too cool and sophisticated ever to become popular. Even the third of his Op. 4 Studies, which Paderewski made famous, is less full-bodied than Scriabin’s early C sharp minor Étude, and while Scriabin believed in the madness of his later music, Szymanowski’s apparent abandon in his voluptuous period around the First World War is crafted with detachment. Dennis Lee clarifies the cascades of notes – or rather sonorities – in the two major sets, Métopes and Masques, so that these complex pieces are understood more easily than usual. The recorded sound is a bit thin and small, but clean.

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
Perhaps Szymanowski’s music is too cool and sophisticated ever to become popular. Even the third of his Op. 4 Studies, which Paderewski made famous, is less full-bodied than Scriabin’s early C sharp minor Étude, and while Scriabin believed in the madness of his later music, Szymanowski’s apparent abandon in his voluptuous period around the First World War is crafted with detachment. Dennis Lee clarifies the cascades of notes – or rather sonorities – in the two major sets, Métopes and Masques, so that these complex pieces are understood more easily than usual. The recorded sound is a bit thin and small, but clean.

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

1. Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 4 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Dennis Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Poland 
2. Fantasy for Piano, Op. 14 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Dennis Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Warsaw, Poland 
3. Métopes (3), Op. 29 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Dennis Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
4. Masques (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Dennis Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 

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