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Paderewski: Piano Concerto / Polish Fantasy
 
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Paderewski: Piano Concerto / Polish Fantasy

9 Nov. 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Nov. 1999
  • Release Date: 9 Nov. 1999
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:04:41
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  • ASIN: B001LZW3H6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,776 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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A year or so ago, a friend of mine lent me this work, which neither he nor I knew; both of us were immediately captivated by it and when I saw it was available via Amazon, I hastened to purchase it. Completed in 1888, it is very much a part of the Romantic tradition, but, although there are some bows in the direction of Rachmaninov - and indeed Chopin - the work has its own identity. The themes of the first movement, from the strong 4-note Orchestral opening onwards, are bold and confident, with a folk-like basis, but there are lyrical passages too, and the piano becomes ever more dominant as the movement proceeds: in fact, the work surely takes its rightful place amongst the Romantic Piano Concertos of the late 19th Century.

However, the crown of the work is the beautiful Romanza second movement. Beginning with soft horn chords, followed by solo woodwind, the texture is delicately weaved with the piano gently joining in, then having moments to itself, before the orchestra steals back. The build to an ecstatic, but not over-done climax before the calm ending of this movement is surely one of the gems of the Romantic Concerto repertoire.

Nor is the finale in any way a reduction in quality. It is a Polish dance with Orchestra and Piano taking equal honours, and clearly thoroughly enioying themselves. There is a central section in slower tempo, heralded by a majestic orchestral prelude, before the opening material returns, with colourful orchestration; it almost seems that the piano IS part of the Orchestra at times. The close is excitingly done, with a typical lyrical Romantic peroration before the final bars.

The Fantasie Polonaise is a most likeable piece, although some may think it somewhat over-stays its welcome.
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I've recently discovered Paderewski and he writes fabulous music. The 2nd movment of the piano concerto is particularly beautiful. If you enjoy the whimsical, soulfulness of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich then you will love this.
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Paderewski is a composer who I did not know very well. In fact, I bought this CD at the request of a friend. Both of us heard this concerto for piano and found it such a colorful and romantic concerts (from my point of view). Polish Fantasy is also a very nice composition, with similar characteristics. The interpretation is also excellent, and provides several minutes of delightful music.
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Delivery service excellent as always. This CD is the best recording we have heard of this fantastic piece of music. The second movement in particular is just wonderful. Highly recommended.
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First heard a bit of this on Classic FM; it's a good piece of music, a bit sentimental or Romantic with a capital R, but none the worse for that perhaps. Lavish orchestration and a big sound for those who like that sort of thing. A bit more 'Gone with the wind' than 'Ladies in Lavender' if you see what I mean, but I liked it in small doses.
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Jan Ignacy Paderewski desrves more recognition and his Piano Concerto is very much in the Romantic tradition.The slow movement is beautiful.Lose yourself in the rich exoticism of these works.
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Not into Paderewski but loved the second movement.
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