Paderewski - Songs and Melodies, Suite in G major, Nocturne | Naxos 8579085

Paderewski - Songs and Melodies, Suite in G major, Nocturne

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8579085

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 10th September 2021

Contents

Artists

Alina Adamski (soprano)
Agata Schmidt (mezzo-soprano)
Capella Bydgostiensis

Conductor

Mariusz Smolij

Works

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Melodies (12) on poems by Catulle Mendes, op.22 (arr. Marcin Gumiela)
Miscellanea (7), op.16
» no.4 Nocturne in B flat major (arr. Mariusz Smolij)
Songs (4), op.7 (arr. Marcin Gumiela)
Songs (6), op.18 (arr. Marcin Gumiela)
Suite for strings in G major

Artists

Alina Adamski (soprano)
Agata Schmidt (mezzo-soprano)
Capella Bydgostiensis

Conductor

Mariusz Smolij

About

Although Paderewski is more readily associated with his career as a legendary virtuoso pianist, his modest output of 70 orchestral, instrumental and vocal works deserves to be more widely known. Prominent among his vocal output is a series of early songs that reveal natural flowing patterns while exploring both melancholy and folk idioms. The Douze Mélodies, written at the end of his compositional career, is the most original and striking Polish set of songs of the period, notable for dissonance, chromaticism and a palette of rich and unusual musical colours, to which this orchestral arrangement adds a whole new dimension. Little known, the early Suite in G major offers youthful warmth and brio.

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