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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.
Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 82, No. 4
I. Allegro patetico
II. Intermezzo: Allegretto molto tranquillo
III. Lento maestoso
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Xaver Scharwenka: Mataswintha: Overture
Xaver Scharwenka: Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 46: II. Andante religioso (arr. for harp, organ and strings)
Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 46: II. Andante religioso (arr. for harp, organ and strings)