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Chopin: Works for Piano

Janina Fialkowska , Frederic Chopin Audio CD
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  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atma Classique
  • ASIN: B002N5KEII
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Polonaise No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1 8:08Album Only
Listen  2. Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Grande Valse brillante" 5:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Waltz No. 12 in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2 3:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Waltz No. 4 in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3 2:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 3:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Barcarolle, Op. 60 8:51Album Only
Listen  7. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor 2:03£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major 3:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nocturne No. 17 in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1 6:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mazurka No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 41, No. 2 2:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mazurka No. 23 in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2 2:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mazurka No. 36 in A Minor, Op. 59, No. 1 4:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 7:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 9:43Album Only


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technique to Spare and the Soul of a Poet 31 Oct 2009
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Janina Fialkowska is a Canadian-American pianist who was born in Montréal in 1951. She studied in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert (who also taught Marc-André Hamelin and Louis Lortie) before going to Paris to work with Yvonne Lefébure and then to New York with Sasha Gorodnitzki. In the early 1970s she won first prize in the first International Arthur Rubinstein Competition whereupon she became a protégée of Rubinstein. Although she is highly regarded in the rather hermetic world of devoted piano fanciers, she has never had the widest possible exposure in her career, which is a shame because she is a marvelously equipped pianist who also has very clear and poetic ideas about how the music she plays should sound. This recital disc of Chopin works certainly supports that assessment. Unfortunately Amazon has not yet listed the CD's contents, but if you go to the picture of the CD's reverse side, click on it, and then on ZOOM, you will be able to make out the disc's list of contents, albeit in French.

As to technique, just listen to the frantic whirlwind in the Grande Valse Brillante in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3. It is clean as a whistle and exciting as can be. As for poetry, one could not do better than hear her performance of the Barcarolle in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 60; both delicacy and drama with tonal finesse and visceral excitement. Yet her playing always has the last measure of grace and at times is more reticent than one is used to hearing. For me this almost always sounds right. She also has an infallible sense of each work's architecture, marshaling the climaxes with precision and inevitability.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Chopin 9 Jan 2010
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What a joy to have the pleasure of a further recital by this talented pianist, already well-known for her interpretation of Chopin. For those of us who are already enthusiastic followers of her career, this is further confirmation of her great gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 22 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you like classical music, you will love it.
If you like Chopin, you will love it.
No to either question, don't buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 6 July 2010
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Music is fabulous, of course. It's just a shame I had to wait so long to get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technique to Spare and the Soul of a Poet 31 Oct 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Janina Fialkowska is a Canadian-American pianist who was born in Montréal in 1951. She studied in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert (who also taught Marc-André Hamelin and Louis Lortie) before going to Paris to work with Yvonne Lefébure and then to New York with Sasha Gorodnitzki. In the early 1970s she won first prize in the first International Arthur Rubinstein Competition whereupon she became a protégée of Rubinstein. Although she is highly regarded in the rather hermetic world of devoted piano fanciers, she has never had the widest possible exposure in her career, which is a shame because she is a marvelously equipped pianist who also has very clear and poetic ideas about how the music she plays should sound. This recital disc of Chopin works certainly supports that assessment. Unfortunately Amazon has not yet listed the CD's contents, but if you go to the picture of the CD's reverse side, click on it, and then on ZOOM, you will be able to make out the disc's list of contents, albeit in French.

As to technique, just listen to the frantic whirlwind in the Grande Valse Brillante in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3. It is clean as a whistle and exciting as can be. As for poetry, one could not do better than hear her performance of the Barcarolle in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 60; both delicacy and drama with tonal finesse and visceral excitement. Yet her playing always has the last measure of grace and at times is more reticent than one is used to hearing. For me this almost always sounds right. She also has an infallible sense of each work's architecture, marshaling the climaxes with precision and inevitability.

One remarkable thing about Fialkowska is that in the early 2000s she developed a tumor on her left arm which ultimately was removed and the resulting muscular defect repaired by a delicate muscle transplant. After a period where she could only play with her right hand (and during which she transcribed and performed some left-hand pieces for right hand alone) she was finally able, with diligent rehabilitation, to resume her two-handed career and this disc is a result of that. Hurray for her!

Scott Morrison
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