Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem
Adam Harasiewicz is not well-known among most music lovers in the USA and only a bit more so in Europe. However, this Polish pianist is certainly well-known among pianophiles who have been seeking out his recordings for decades. He was born in 1932 and was the winner of the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, beating out such luminaries-to-be as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Fou Ts’ong. He has specialized in the music of Chopin throughout his career and is often ranked with such other Chopinists as Cortot, Rubinstein, Moravec, Pollini, Zimerman, Ohlsson and Stefan Askenase (the latter was his mentor). Harasiewicz’s style is less obviously ‘Romantic’ than some, or at least it was when he burst on the scene in the 1950s. His playing is lean, just a bit reticent and, dare I say it, aristocratic. And for all the precision and lack of schmaltz, his playing can convey the inner emotional content of the music convincingly; in this he reminds me a bit of Horowitz. He has a wide dynamic range from the softest sound imaginable to a grand roar, with all gradations in between. His rubato is organic, never feeling imposed on the music but arising from it. The Funeral March in Sonata No. 2, for instance, is not a trudge as it so often is in lesser hands, but a horror-stricken procession of half-lights and inexorability, relieved only by the tender middle section.
Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Adam Harasiewicz
Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser
Number of Discs: 14
Size: 13.99 GB
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