Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin

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Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin

Catalogue No:

8802015

Discs:

2

Release date:

31st Aug 2010

Barcode:

8718247710157

Medium:

CD
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Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Adam Harasiewicz (piano)

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The Polish pianist Adam Harasiewicz was born in 1932, and had a meteoric rise to fame when he captured first prize at the Fifth Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. Although his name may be unfamiliar to many today, other names at that competition in 1955 included Fou Ts’ong and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Harasiewicz has been mentioned by aficionados in the same breath as Argerich, Rubinstein, Zimmerman and Cortot as one of the leading interpreters of Chopin. He was equally at home with the music of Szymanowski and Brahms, but it was always Chopin that he focused on and his small discography chiefly consists of this composer’s music.

Harasiewicz signed to a major record label in the late 1950s and ’60s and among the notable recordings he made during this period were the complete sonatas, scherzos and ballades included on these two CDs.

He remained active on the concert scene into the 1970s, though he didn’t record again and sadly his reputation faded. These recordings confirm his talent as a Chopin interpreter, with a brilliant, crisp and powerful tone.

‘The Fantasia is even better; here the pianist has complete grasp of the material and the result is magnificent.’ Gramophone, September 1960

‘Adam Harasiewicz is a splendid player of Chopin. Whether because of his Polish blood or of a natural sensibility, he seems to have a special affinity with the quieter and more lyrical moments of the music, especially in their rhythmic shaping. Yet turn the page and there is no lack of sparkle in the more brilliant passages or address in the more thundering.’ Gramophone, August 1964

Chopin: Piano Sonata #1 In C Minor, Op. 4 - 1. Allegro Maestoso

Chopin: Piano Sonata #1 In C Minor, Op. 4 - 2. Minuetto

Chopin: Piano Sonata #1 In C Minor, Op. 4 - 3. Larghetto

Chopin: Piano Sonata #1 In C Minor, Op. 4 - 4. Finale: Presto

Chopin: Piano Sonata #2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - 1. Grave, Doppio Movimento

Chopin: Piano Sonata #2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - 2. Scherzo

Chopin: Piano Sonata #2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - 3. Marche Funèbre

Chopin: Piano Sonata #2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - 4. Finale: Presto

Chopin: Piano Sonata #3 In B Minor, Op. 58 - 1. Allegro

Chopin: Piano Sonata #3 In B Minor, Op. 58 - 2. Scherzo

Chopin: Piano Sonata #3 In B Minor, Op. 58 - 3. Largo

Chopin: Piano Sonata #3 In B Minor, Op. 58 - 4. Finale: Presto Ma Non Tanto

Chopin: Barcarolle In F Sharp, Op. 60

Chopin: Scherzo #1 In B Minor, Op. 20

Chopin: Scherzo #2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31

Chopin: Scherzo #3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39

Chopin: Scherzo #4 In E, Op. 54

Chopin: Fantasy In F Minor, Op. 49

Chopin: Ballade #1 In G Minor, Op. 23

Chopin: Ballade #2 In F, Op. 38

Chopin: Ballade #3 In A Flat, Op. 47

Chopin: Ballade #4 In F Minor, Op. 52

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010

****

“Harasiewicz focuses on structural and harmonic lucidity but without sacrificing dramatic intensity”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2011

“here is an entirely serious Chopin, musicianly, formidably commanding, without frills or distractions...Yet beneath the poised and aristocratic surface you sense the truest poetic and musical commitment...Harasiewicz mastery of the more demanding pages of the Ballades will arouse the envy of even the most superbly equipped pianist.”

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