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Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).
Track(s) taken from CDA67903
Recording details: December 2010
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 8 minutes 21 seconds

Mazurka elegiaca, Op 23 No 2
composer
for two pianos; written for, but not included in because of its scoring, the 1942 Boosey & Hawkes volume Homage to Paderewski

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Benjamin Britten misunderstood the commission and composed a work, entitled Mazurka elegiaca, scored for two pianos, instead of writing one for solo piano. Thus although it was intended for the volume it had to be published separately. Britten captures the melancholy characteristic of so many of Chopin’s mazurkas, thereby saluting Paderewski as the great Chopin interpreter.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

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