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Fryderyk Chopin’s name is synonymous with the piano. It is perhaps for this reason that his songs have been so often overlooked.
In them the piano shares the spotlight with the singer, yet they possess the same combination of delicacy, power and beauty as his greatest works.
This disc brings together Chopin’s complete songs, as well as transcriptions of four of his mazurkas by the French singer Pauline Viardot.
Graduates of the Chopin Academy of Music and prize-winners at several competitions, sisters Olga and Natalya Pasichnyk make their Naxos début with these charming rarities.
Fryderyk Chopin: 19 Polish Songs, Op. 74
No. 1. Zyczenie
No. 2. Wiosna
No. 3. Smutna rzeka
No. 4. Hulanka
No. 5. Gdzie lubi
No. 6. Precz z moich oczu
No. 7. Posel
No. 8. Sliczny chlopiec
No. 9. Z gor, gdzie dzwigali
No. 10. Wojak
No. 11. Dwojaki koniec
No. 12. Moja pieszczotka
No. 13. Nie ma czego trzeba
No. 14. Pierscien
No. 15. Narzeczony
No. 16. Piosnka litewska
No. 17. Spiew z mogily - Leci liscie z drzewa
Fryderyk Chopin: Czary
Fryderyk Chopin: Dumka
Pauline Viardot-Garcia: Seize-ans (arr. of Mazurka No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 50, No. 2)
Seize-ans (arr. of Mazurka No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 50, No. 2)
Pauline Viardot-Garcia: Aime-moi (arr. of Chopin's Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33, No. 2)
Aime-moi (arr. of Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33, No. 2)
Pauline Viardot-Garcia: L'oiselet (arr. of Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2)
L'oiselet (arr. of Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2)
Pauline Viardot-Garcia: Coquette (arr. of Chopin's Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1)
Coquette (arr. of Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1)
“each song is individually characterised by Olga's expressive and agile soprano - she can exchange a soubrette lightness for a rich chest tone at the drop of a hat...sensitive to the dominant characters of nostalgia, lovelorn youth and folkloric innocence...[Natalya] follows her sister's every twist and turn with remarkable empathy.”