Karol Szymanowski – Masterworks for violin and piano; piano solo

$23.99 (Three CD Set in Digipak)

Karol Szymanowski was a giant in the history of Polish music and among the greatest composers of his turbulent era. His music spans a kaleidoscopic range of styles from late-Romantic chromaticism, to shimmering Impressionism, to a proud and energetic nationalist idiom. All his music is marked by an attractive lyricism and an exceptional sensitivity to tone color. Pianist Matthew Bengtson and violinist Blanka Bednarz, tireless life-long advocates of his music, present a varied program of his greatest masterpieces for solo piano and violin/piano duo.

Composer: Karol Szymanowski Karol Szymanowski

Performing artists: Matthew Bengtson Blanka Bednarz

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Release date: July 10, 2017

334 in stock

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Track listing:

Disc 1

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 9 (1904)
1 Allegro moderato, patetico
2 Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3 Finale: allegro molto, quasi presto

Etudes, Op. 4 (1900-1902)
4 No. 1 in E-flat minor
5 No. 2 in G-flat
6 No. 3 in B-flat minor
7 No. 4 in C major
8 Romance in D major for Violin and Piano, Op. 23 (1910)

Métopes. Three poems for piano, Op. 29 (1915)
9 L’île des Sirènes
10 Calypso
11 Nausicaa

Nocturne and Tarantella for Violin and Piano, Op. 28 (1915) . . . . . 12’22
12 Nocturne
13 Tarantella

Disc 2

Myths. Three poems for Violin and Piano, Op. 30 (1915)
1 La Source d’Arethuse
2 Narcisse
3 Dryades et Pan

Masques. Three pieces for piano, Op. 34 (1915-16)
4 Sheherazade
5 Tantris der Narr (Tantris the Clown)
6 Don Juan Serenade
7 “Roxana’s Song” from the opera King Roger (1918-1924)
arranged for violin and piano by Paul Kochański (1931)
8 Oberek, from Four Polish Dances (1926)
9-10 Karol Szymanowski-Paweł Kochański “L’aube” (Dawn, Świt) (1922)
“Danse Sauvage” (Wild Dance, Dziki Taniec) (1922)
11 “Bauerntanz” (“Harnasie’s Dance”) from the ballet Harnasie (1931) arranged for violin and piano (1931)

Disc 3

1-20 Twenty Mazurkas, Op. 50 (1924-25)
21-22 Two Mazurkas, Op. 62 (1933-34)

Karol Szymanowski
Masterworks for violin & piano; piano solo

Blanka Bednarz, violin
Matthew Bengtson, piano

Configuration: Three CD Set in Digipak
Available: July 10, 2017
Recorded: CD 1 & 2: March, 2013, CD 3: March, 2002
Booklet: 32 page
• Comprehensive 3-CD anthology of more than 30 years (1900 – 1934) of the output for violin/piano duo and
solo piano by Karol Szymanowski, the most important Polish composer after Frederic Chopin.
• Includes major opuses for violin and piano as well as a third CD containing the two important collections
of 22 Mazurkas for solo piano (1924/5 & 1933/4).
• Performances by two internationally recognized specialists in Szymanowski performance, Blanka Bednarz
(violin) and Matthew Bengtson (piano).
• Extensive notes and commentary on the music by the performers.

Karol Szymanowski – Masterworks for violin and piano; piano solo was last modified: August 11th, 2021 by Burke Thompson