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A Century of Polish Piano Miniatures

BACEWICZ • H. & M. GÓRECKI • PADEREWSKI • SZYMANOWSKI


  • Anna Szałucka, piano

‘A Century of Polish Piano Miniatures’ takes us on a fascinating journey through a golden era in Polish music, from the great patriot Paderewski via Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Górecki, to present-day composers. This essential collection coincides with Poland’s centenary of independence in 2018 with each work representing significant moments in the country’s musical and political history. It pays tribute to the bravery of composers who stood up for freedom in art and culture during times of great political turmoil.

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Tracklist

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan
 
Humoresques de concert, Op. 14 (1887) (00:05:00 )
1
No. 1. Menuet (00:04:12)
2
No. 2. Sarabande (00:03:43)
3
No. 3. Caprice (00:02:42)
Szymanowski, Karol
 
20 Mazurkas, Op. 50 (1926) (00:19:00 )
4
No. 1. Sostenuto. Molto rubato (00:02:28)
5
No. 2. Allegramente. Poco vivace (00:02:36)
6
No. 3. Moderato (00:02:52)
7
No. 4. Allegramente, risoluto (00:02:28)
Bacewicz, Grażyna
 
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1953) (00:17:44 )
8
I. Maestoso (00:06:13)
9
II. Largo (00:06:49)
10
III. Toccata (00:03:36)
Górecki, Henryk Mikołaj
11
Intermezzo (1990) (00:02:37)
Mykietyn, Paweł
 
4 Preludia (1992) (00:11:00 )
12
No. 1. quarter note = ca 80 (00:02:51)
13
No. 2. quarter note = ca 48 (00:01:43)
14
No. 3. quarter note = ca 114 (00:03:02)
15
No. 4. Prestissimo possibile, quarter note = ca 100 (00:03:37)
Górecki, Mikołaj
16
Piano Sonata (2010) * (00:07:12)
Panufnik, Andrzej
17
Modlitwa (Prayer) (arr. R. Panufnik for piano) (1990) (00:05:37)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:04:18

The Artist

Anna Szałucka Anna Szałucka is an exciting multi-award-winning Polish pianist recognised for her exceptional musicality and intense virtuosity. She completed the bachelor’s degree at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk studying with Waldemar Wojtal. She then continued her studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna in the piano class of Stefan Vladar and later on at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the supervision of Ian Fountain where she held the Hodgson Piano Fellowship in the years 2017–18.