Szymanowski - Mazurkas Complete (APE)
Szymanowski - Mazurkas Complete (APE)

Composer: Karol Szymanowski
Performer: Marc-Andre Hamelin
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Hyperion
Size: 175 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Sostenuto – Molto rubato
02. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegramente – Poco vivace
03. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Moderato
04. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegramente, risoluto
05. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Moderato
06. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Vivace
07. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Poco vivace
08. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Moderato
09. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Tempo moderato
10. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegramente – Vivace – Con brio
11. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegretto
12. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegro moderato
13. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Moderato
14. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Animato
15. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegretto dolce
16. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegramente – Vigoroso
17. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Moderato
18. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Vivace – Agitato
19. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Poco vivace – Animato e grazioso
20. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 50, M56: Allegramente – Con brio
21. Romantic Waltz, for piano, M59a
22. Polish Dances, for piano, M60: Mazurek
23. Polish Dances, for piano, M60: Krakowiak
24. Polish Dances, for piano, M60: Oberek
25. Polish Dances, for piano, M60: Polonaise
26. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 62, M73: Allegretto grazioso
27. Mazurkas for piano, Op. 62, M73: Moderato

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Filled with beautiful pianism, gorgeous harmonies, fascinating rhythms. Intimate, very interesting stuff. I’ve heard Hamelin play Szymanowski twice in concert and I really value having his interpretations captured on disc. In this music (I was introduced by the sound-world of Busoni and Sorabji) I would also recommend (of course AFTER Marc-Andre Hamelin) Raymond Clarke, not so much Dennis Lee, but definitely much less Martin Roscoe or Martin Jones or Carol Rosenberger due to a lack of consistency and thoroughness.

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