Notes and Editorial Reviews
The 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's most prestigious honor in the performing arts has gone to Janina Fialkowska.
Very few composers exist whose piano music can fill an entire evening without straining the attention or good will of an audience of non-professional musicians. But all-Chopin recitals have been popular throughout the 20th and now the 21st centuries. For this reason Janina Fialkowska offers, without qualms, her second all-Chopin recital CD. • Loved and admired by virtually all of his contemporaries, Chopin cast a magical spell on his generation as well as on all future generations of musicians. His music remains as fresh, as enchanting and as powerful as the day it was first penned. Janina
Fialkowska has chosen a very personal program of Chopin’s most delightful piano music including Waltz, Preludes, Ballade and Mazurkas.
R E V I E W S:
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.
-- Barry Millington,
The Evening Standard (London) [5/28/2010]
Fialkowska is formidable...performs with a clarity 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.
-- Hugh Canning,
The Sunday Times (London) [5/16/2010]
“you only have to listen to the Scherzo No 2 to realise she remains a supreme Chopin stylist, combining temperament with an unsentimental touch.”
-- Financial Times (London) [5/19/2012]
Works on This Recording
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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