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Witold Malcuzynski: The Polish Master Pianist

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Witold Malcuzynski: The Polish Master Pianist

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Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Release Date: 2nd September 2013

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57 'Appassionata'
Brahms, Johannes
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, op.24
Chopin, Frederic
Ballades (4)
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Mazurkas (51): no.15 in C major, op.24 no.2; no.17 in B flat minor, op.24 no.4; no.20 in D flat major, op.30 no.3; no.21 in C sharp minor, op.30 no.4; no.22 in G sharp minor, op.33 no.1; no.23 in D major, op.33 no.2; no.25 in B minor, op.33 no.4; no.27 in E minor, op.41 no.2; no.32 in C sharp minor, op.50 no.3; no.41 in C sharp minor, op.63 no.3; no.45 in A minor, op.posth 67 no.4; no.47 in A minor, op.posth 68 no.2; no.49 in F minor, op.posth 68 no.4; no.5 in B flat major, op.7 no.1; no.7 in F minor, op.7 no.3
Nocturnes (21): no.13 in C minor, op.48 no.1; no.5 in F sharp minor, op.15 no.2
Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'
Piano Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58
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 major, op.40 no.1 'Military'
Polonaise no.4 in C minor, op.40 no.2
Polonaise no.5 in F sharp minor, op.44

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Witold Malcuzynski (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise

Conductors: Fritz Rieger, Paul Kletzki, Walter Susskind
Sometimes, falling victim to a clichť can be unavoidable: Witold Malcuzynski, born 1914 in Warsaw, who can be regarded as one the greatest heirs of the Polish piano tradition inherited from Paderewski, was also one of the greatest Chopin specialists, which is reflected in his discography and, therefore, in this ICON set.

But despite his great predecessor, he introduced objectivity in this tradition, a kind of disdain for rubato, an art of precise phrasing which can be observed today in the art of a Krystian Zimerman.

These recordings from Malcuzynski, dedicated to the romantic repertoire, have been unavailable for decades and piano lovers will certainly enjoy rediscovering them.

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