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.
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
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.”
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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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