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Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Ewa Podleś (contralto) (CD 16); Leila Josefowicz (violin) (CD15); Carter Brey (cello) (CD15); Elizabeth Mann (flute) (CD16)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Kazimierz Kord (CDs 13-14)
rec. New York, 1989-2000. DDD
Full track-list at end of review
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Detailed track listing
CD1 [73:27] (formerly Arabesque Z6628)
Piano Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 4
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso [8'30]
Movement 2: Menuetto [4'50]
Movement 3: Larghetto [4'41]
Movement 4: Presto [6'43]
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35
Movement 1: Grave – Doppio movimento [5'14]
Movement 2: Scherzo [7'11]
Movement 3: Marche funèbre [7'09]
Movement 4: Presto [1'33]
Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso [9'35]
Movement 2: Scherzo. Molto vivace [2'29]
Movement 3: Largo [10'47]
Movement 4: Finale. Presto non tanto [4'38]
 
CD2 [76:24] (formerly Arabesque Z6686)
Twenty-Four Preludes, Op 28
No 01 in C major: Agitato [0'38]
No 02 in A minor: Lento [2'19]
No 03 in G major: Vivace [0'59]
No 04 in E minor: Largo [2'25]
No 05 in D major: Allegro molto [0'40]
No 06 in B minor: Lento assai [2'30]
No 07 in A major: Andantino [1'12]
No 08 in F sharp minor: Molto agitato [2'00]
No 09 in E major: Largo [1'19]
No 10 in C sharp minor: Allegro molto [0'25]
No 11 in B major: Vivace [0'43]
No 12 in G sharp minor: Presto [1'11]
No 13 in F sharp major: Lento [3'49]
No 14 in E flat minor: Allegro [0'29]
No 15 in D flat major: Sostenuto 'Raindrop' [5'41]
No 16 in B flat minor: Presto con fuoco [1'08]
No 17 in A flat major: Allegretto [3'40]
No 18 in F minor: Allegro molto [1'05]
No 19 in E flat major: Vivace [1'16]
No 20 in C minor: Largo [1'45]
No 21 in B flat major: Cantabile [1'51]
No 22 in G minor: Molto agitato [0'52]
No 23 in F major: Moderato [1'14]
No 24 in D minor: Allegro appassionato [2'30]
No 14 in E flat minor: Largo [1'08]
Presto con leggerezza 'Prelude in A flat major', KKIVb/7 [0'40]
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 45 [5'48]
Funeral March in C minor, Op 72 No 2 [4'33]
Fugue in A minor, KKIVc/2 [2'54]
Rondo in C minor, Op 1 [9'27]
Rondo à la mazur in F major, Op 5 [9'58]
 
CD3 [67:06] (formerly Arabesque Z6718)
É tudes, Op 10
No 01: C major [1'51]
No 02: A minor [1'34]
No 03: E major 'Tristesse' [4'20]
No 04: C sharp minor [2'01]
No 05: G flat major 'Black Keys' [1'40]
No 06: E flat minor [3'40]
No 07: C major [1'27]
No 08: F major [2'28]
No 09: F minor [2'12]
No 10: A flat major [2'10]
No 11: E flat major [2'44]
No 12: C minor 'Revolutionary' [2'41]
É tudes, Op 25
No 01: A flat major 'Aeolian Harp' [2'36]
No 02: F minor [1'37]
No 03: F major [1'50]
No 04: A minor [1'59]
No 05: E minor [3'29]
No 06: G sharp minor [2'00]
No 07: C sharp minor [5'45]
No 08: D flat major [1'09]
No 09: G flat major 'Butterfly' [0'57]
No 10: B minor [4'08]
No 11: A minor 'Winter Wind' [3'35]
No 12: C minor [2'29]
Nouvelles études, KKIIb/3
No 1: F minor [2'17]
No 2: D flat major [2'03]
No 3: A flat major [2'11]
 
CD4 [74:31] (formerly Arabesque Z6630)
Fantasy in F minor, Op 49 [13'20]
Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23 [10'19]
Ballade No 2 in A minor, Op 38 [8'36]
Ballade No 3 in A flat major, Op 47 [8'27]
Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52 [12'14]
Introduction and Rondo in E flat major, Op 16 [11'11]
Rondo in C major, Op 73 [10'22]
 
CD5 [77:56] (formerly Arabesque Z6633 and Z6686)
Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20 [11'24]
Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31 [12'21]
Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 39 [9'14]
Scherzo No 4 in E major, Op 54 [12'31]
Hexaméron – Morceau de Concert 'Grandes Variations de Bravoure pour Piano sur la Marche des Puritains de Bellini', S392 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) & Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) &
Movement 8: Variation VI. Largo, KKIIb/2 (Chopin) [2'21]
Introduction and Variations in E major on a German national air 'Der Schweizerbub', KKIVa/4 [8'41]
Variations brillantes in B flat major on 'Je vends des scapulaires' from Hérold's Ludovic, Op 12 [9'00]
Allegro de concert in A major, Op 46 [12'20]
 
CD6 [71:02] (formerly Arabesque Z6642-2 and Z6686)
Polonaise in G minor, KKIIa/1 [3'42]
Polonaise in B flat major, KKIVa/1 [3'45]
Polonaise in A flat major, KKIVa/2 [5'07]
Polonaise in G sharp minor, KKIVa/3 [6'56]
Polonaise in B flat minor, KKIVa/5 [4'49]
Polonaise in G flat major, KKIVa/8 [7'10]
Polonaise in D minor, Op 71 No 1 [6'04]
Polonaise in B flat major, Op 71 No 2 [7'38]
Polonaise in F minor, Op 71 No 3 [9'45]
Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 26 No 1 [8'11]
Polonaise in E flat minor, Op 26 No 2 [7'51]
 
CD7 [76:58] (formerly Arabesque Z6642-2 and Z6686)
Polonaise in A major, Op 40 No 1 [3'48]
Polonaise in C minor, Op 40 No 2 [8'30]
Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op 44 [10'40]
Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53 [7'00]
Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op 61 [14'20]
Introduction and Bolero in A minor, Op 19 [7'45]
Tarantelle in A flat major, Op 43 [3'02]
Impromptu No 1 in A flat major, Op 29 [4'21]
Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major, Op 36 [6'21]
Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51 [5'54]
Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66 [5'12]
 
CD8 [72:47] (formerly Arabesque Z6653-2)
Nocturne in B flat minor, Op 9 No 1 [6'38]
Nocturne in E flat major, Op 9 No 2 [5'14]
Nocturne in B major, Op 9 No 3 [6'50]
Nocturne in F major, Op 15 No 1 [5'33]
Nocturne in F sharp major, Op 15 No 2 [4'17]
Nocturne in G minor, Op 15 No 3 [5'00]
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 1 [5'40]
Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2 [6'07]
Nocturne in B major, Op 32 No 1 [5'46]
Nocturne in A flat major, Op 32 No 2 [5'48]
Nocturne in G minor, Op 37 No 1 [8'05]
Nocturne in G major, Op 37 No 2 [7'44]
 
CD9 [79:51] (formerly Arabesque Z6653-2 and Z6686)
Nocturne in C minor, Op 48 No 1 [8'04]
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op 48 No 2 [8'39]
Nocturne in F minor, Op 55 No 1 [5'45]
Nocturne in E flat major, Op 55 No 2 [5'12]
Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No 1 [9'09]
Nocturne in E major, Op 62 No 2 [7'30]
Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1 [4'50]
Nocturne in C minor, KKIVb/8 [3'31]
Lento con espressione in C sharp minor 'Nocturne', KKIVa/16 [4'46]
Cantabile in B flat major, KKIVb/6 [1'00]
Moderato in E major 'Albumblatt', KKIVb/12 [1'26]
Largo in E flat major, KKIVb/5 [1'37]
Variations in A major 'Souvenir de Paganini', KKIVa/10 [3'32]
Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57 [5'57]
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60 [8'47]
 
CD10 [75:30] (formerly Arabesque Z6669 and Z6686)
Waltz in E flat major, Op 18 [5'38]
Waltz in A flat major, Op 34 No 1 [5'54]
Waltz in A minor, Op 34 No 2 [7'00]
Waltz in F major, Op 34 No 3 [2'40]
Waltz in A flat major, Op 42 [4'03]
Waltz in D flat major 'Minute', Op 64 No 1 [1'54]
Waltz in C sharp minor, Op 64 No 2 [4'02]
Waltz in A flat major, Op 64 No 3 [3'15]
Waltz in A flat major, Op 69 No 1 [4'36]
Waltz in B minor, Op 69 No 2 [3'56]
Waltz in G flat major, Op 70 No 1 [2'26]
Waltz in F minor, Op 70 No 2 [3'45]
Waltz in D flat major, Op 70 No 3 [3'07]
Waltz in A flat major, KKIVa/13 [1'46]
Waltz in E major, KKIVa/12 [2'48]
Waltz in E minor, KKIVa/15 [3'04]
Waltz in A minor, KKIVb/11 [2'16]
Sostenuto in E flat major 'Waltz', KKIVb/10 [2'18]
Waltz in E flat major, KKIVa/14 [2'51]
Waltz in F sharp minor 'Valse mélancolique', KKIb/7 [3'37]
Contredanse in G flat major, KKAnh.Ia/4 [2'11]
Ecossaises, Op 72 No 3
No 1: D major [0'53]
No 2: G major [0'38]
No 3: D flat major [0'42]
 
CD11 [71:18] (formerly Arabesque Z6730-2)
Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1 [2'44]
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 6 No 2 [2'40]
Mazurka in E major, Op 6 No 3 [1'48]
Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4 [0'43]
Mazurka in B flat major, Op 7 No 1 [2'19]
Mazurka in A minor, Op 7 No 2 [3'12]
Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3 [1'56]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 7 No 4 [1'09]
Mazurka in C major, Op 7 No 5 [0'36]
Mazurka in B flat major, Op 17 No 1 [2'14]
Mazurka in E minor, Op 17 No 2 [2'12]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 17 No 3 [4'23]
Mazurka in A minor, Op 17 No 4 [4'18]
Mazurka in G minor, Op 24 No 1 [2'53]
Mazurka in C major, Op 24 No 2 [2'03]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 24 No 3 [2'13]
Mazurka in B flat minor, Op 24 No 4 [4'20]
Mazurka in C minor, Op 30 No 1 [2'00]
Mazurka in B minor, Op 30 No 2 [1'12]
Mazurka in D flat major, Op 30 No 3 [2'55]
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 30 No 4 [3'48]
Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op 33 No 1 [2'06]
Mazurka in D major, Op 33 No 2 [2'22]
Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3 [1'36]
Mazurka in B minor, Op 33 No 4 [4'26]
Mazurka in E minor, Op 41 No 1 [2'37]
Mazurka in B major, Op 41 No 2 [1'09]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 41 No 3 [1'52]
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 41 No 4 [3'15]
 
CD12 [69:25] (formerly Arabesque Z6730-2)
Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1 [2'14]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 50 No 2 [3'23]
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 50 No 3 [4'54]
Mazurka in B major, Op 56 No 1 [4'19]
Mazurka in C major, Op 56 No 2 [1'38]
Mazurka in C minor, Op 56 No 3 [6'14]
Mazurka in A minor, Op 59 No 1 [4'05]
Mazurka in A flat major, Op 59 No 2 [2'48]
Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 59 No 3 [3'26]
Mazurka in B major, Op 63 No 1 [2'18]
Mazurka in F minor, Op 63 No 2 [1'52]
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 63 No 3 [2'13]
Mazurka in A minor, KKIIb/5 [2'19]
Mazurka in A minor, KKIIb/4 [3'29]
Mazurka in G major, Op 67 No 1 [1'14]
Mazurka in G minor, Op 67 No 2 [2'00]
Mazurka in C major, Op 67 No 3 [1'25]
Mazurka in A minor, Op 67 No 4 [2'43]
Mazurka in C major, Op 68 No 1 [1'26]
Mazurka in A minor, Op 68 No 2 [2'42]
Mazurka in F major, Op 68 No 3 [1'42]
Mazurka in F minor, Op 68 No 4 [2'04]
Mazurka in B flat major, KKIIa/3 [1'07]
Mazurka in G major, KKIIa/2 [1'24]
Mazurka in D major, KKAnh.Ia/1 [1'21]
Mazurka in B flat major, KKIVb/1 [1'08]
Mazurka in C major, KKIVb/3 [2'27]
Mazurka in A flat major, KKIVb/4 [1'17]
 
CD13 [72:32] (formerly Arabesque Z6720-2)
Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21
Movement 1: Maestoso [14'33] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Movement 2: Larghetto [9'38] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Movement 3: Allegro vivace [8'29] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso [20'12] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Movement 2: Romance. Larghetto [10'27] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Movement 3: Rondo. Vivace [9'11] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
 
CD14 [62:22] (formerly Arabesque Z6720-2)
Variations in B flat major on 'Là ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Op 2
Part 1: Introduction. Largo – Poco più mosso [5'13] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 2: Theme. Allegretto [1'29] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 3: Variation I. Brillante [1'06] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 4: Variation II. Veloce ma accuratamente [1'03] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 5: Variation III [1'28] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 6: Variation IV [1'16] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Part 7: Variation V. Adagio – Alla Polacca [7'11] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op 13 [15'00] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Rondo à la krakowiak, Op 14 [14'23] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op 22
Movement 1: Andante spianato [4'38]
Movement 2: Grande Polonaise [9'30] with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
 
CD15 [76:13] (formerly Arabesque Z6763)
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65
Movement 1: Allegro moderato [10'45] with Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 2: Scherzo. Allegro con brio [5'06] with Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 3: Largo [3'59] with Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 4: Finale. Allegro [5'59] with Carter Brey (cello)
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op 3 [9'27] with Carter Brey (cello)
Grand Duo in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, KKIIb/1 [14'19] & Auguste Franchomme (1808-1884) with Carter Brey (cello)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op 8
Movement 1: Allegro con fuoco [7'49] with Leila Josefowicz (violin), Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 2: Scherzo. Con moto, ma non troppo [7'22] with Leila Josefowicz (violin), Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 3: Adagio sostenuto [6'12] with Leila Josefowicz (violin), Carter Brey (cello)
Movement 4: Finale. Allegretto [5'10] with Leila Josefowicz (violin), Carter Brey (cello)
 
CD16 [57:33] (formerly Arabesque Z6746)
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 'Gdybyn ja byla sloneczkiem na niebie 'If I were the sun in the sky'' [1'48] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 'Blyszcza krople rosy 'The dew sparkles'' [2'21] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3 'Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony 'River, flowing from the mountains'' [3'17] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4 'Szynkareczko, szafareczko 'Take care, pretty girl'' [2'31] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5 'Strumyk lubi w dolinie 'Streams gurgle through the valley'' [1'19] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Precz z moich oczu! 'Out of my sight!', Op 74 No 6 [3'25] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7 'Rosnie trawka, ziólko 'Dew lies on the meadows'' [2'42] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8 'Wzniosly, smukly i mlody 'Young and tall and handsome'' [3'00] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Melodya, Op 74 No 9 'Z gór, gdzie dzwigali 'Under their crosses' cruel weight they stand'' [2'46] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 'Rzy mój gniady, ziemie grzebie 'Hark! My steed stamps the dust'' [2'09] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11 'Rok sie kochali, a wiek sie nie widzieli 'For a year they loved, for eternity they parted'' [1'47] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Moja pieszczotka 'My darling', Op 74 No 12 [2'03] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13 'Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'' [5'32] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14 'Smutno nianki ci spiewaly 'When nurses sang sadly to you'' [1'57] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15 'Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy 'The wind howls in the forest'' [2'26] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16 'Bardzo raniuchno wschodzilo sloneczko 'Early one morning the sun was rising'' [2'08] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 'Leci liscie z drzewa 'Leaves are falling thickly'' [4'44] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11 'To sa czary, pewno czary! 'It must be witchcraft'' [2'44] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9 'Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'' [1'26] with Ewa Podles (alto)
Variations in E major on 'Non più mesta' from Rossini's La Cenerentola, KKAnh.Ia/5 [7'21] with Elizabeth Mann (flute)



 


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