Scharwenka - Piano Concerto, Polish National Dances | Naxos 8572637

Scharwenka - Piano Concerto, Polish National Dances

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572637

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st May 2011

Contents

Works

Scharwenka, Xaver

Cello Sonata in E minor, op.46
» II Andante Religioso (arr. for harp, organ and strings)
Mataswintha
» Overture
Piano Concerto no.4 in F minor, op.82
Polish Dances, op.3
» no.1 in E flat minor
» no.8 in B flat minor
» no.15 in B flat major

Artists

Francois Xavier Poizat (piano)
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Lukasz Borowicz

Works

Scharwenka, Xaver

Cello Sonata in E minor, op.46
» II Andante Religioso (arr. for harp, organ and strings)
Mataswintha
» Overture
Piano Concerto no.4 in F minor, op.82
Polish Dances, op.3
» no.1 in E flat minor
» no.8 in B flat minor
» no.15 in B flat major

Artists

Francois Xavier Poizat (piano)
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Lukasz Borowicz

About

Polish pianist and composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka was raised in the spirit of European Romanticism, championing the music of Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt, and gaining enormous popularity for his own compositions, which Liszt greatly admired.

Scharwenka’s fourth and final Piano Concerto (which the composer performed under the direction of Mahler and Stokowski) is a work of genius which stands at the apex of his achievement. The shorter pieces on this album have recently enjoyed renewed popularity, proving the value of Scharwenka’s legacy for modern listeners, though much of his music remains to be rediscovered.

This is the first Scharwenka recording in the Naxos catalogue, and the first recording by young upcoming star pianist François Xavier Poizat.

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