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Track(s) taken from CDA67903

Étude, Op 44 No 22

composer
dedicated to Paderewski

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: January 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 2 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).
 
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Reviews

'Performances of a superlative technique and musicianship. Pianism and sheer musical quality of this order are rare at any time, and Hyperion's recordings … are exemplary' (Gramophone)

'This is a fascinating document. Pieces by Martinů and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are among the gems … overall more reflective than virtuosic, this disc allows Plowright to show off his superb command of texture and colour' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is an enchanting follow-up to Jonathan Plowright’s 'Hommage à Chopin' disc (CDA67803), and, like that one, it is an eclectic mix of music focused on a central figure … many of the composers have now disappeared into the mists of time, but all of these miniatures are well worth the warmth, affection, lyrical beauty and bravura that Plowright devotes to them … the 24 tracks also include music by Britten, Bartók and Milhaud, adding to a disc that makes a welcome change in being conceived with such imagination. Plowright’s playing throughout is sublime' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Jonathan Plowright's sumptuous range of colours and dynamic control [is] much in evidence … any pianophile will surely find it interesting to have a glimpse into music by the composers of the day. One can find no fault, too, with Hyperion's well-balanced, warmly recorded sound' (International Record Review)
Józef Wieniawski was the younger brother of the more famous violinist/composer Henryk. Like his brother, he was born in Lublin and studied in Paris where he took first prize in piano at the Paris Conservatory at the age of twelve in 1849. He settled in Warsaw and became the second director of the Warsaw Musical Society until in his later life he moved to Brussels to teach at the conservatory. Wieniawski’s music was once described by one of his contemporaries as being ‘full of original ideas’, but at the same time ‘dry and pensive’. His Étude Op 44 No 22 is virtuosic and Chopinesque.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Józef Wieniawski était moins connu que son frère aîné Henryk, illustre violoniste-compositeur. Né comme lui à Lublin, il étudia à Paris, où il remporta le premier prix de piano au Conservatoire en 1849, à l’âge de douze ans. Il s’installa ensuite à Varsovie, dont il devint le deuxième directeur de la Société musicale; vers la fin de sa vie, il emménagea à Bruxelles pour enseigner au Conservatoire. De sa musique, l’un de ses contemporains dit qu’elle était ensemble «pleine d’idées originales» et «sèche et pensive». Son Étude op. 44 no22 est virtuose et chopinesque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Joseph A Herter © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Józef Wieniawski war der jüngere Bruder des berühmteren Geigers und Komponisten Henryk. Wie sein Bruder wurde er in Lublin geboren und studierte in Paris, wo er 1849 mit zwölf Jahren den ersten Preis für Klavier am Pariser Conservatoire erhielt. Er lebte in Warschau und war zweiter Direktor der dortigen Musikalischen Gesellschaft, bis er später nach Brüssel ging, um am Konservatorium zu unterrichten. Über Wieniawskis Musik schrieb einer seiner Zeitgenossen einmal, sie sei „voller origineller Ideen“, doch gleichzeitig „trocken und gedankenschwer“. Seine virtuose Étude op. 44 Nr. 22 erinnert an Chopin.

aus dem Begleittext von Joseph A Herter © 2011
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius