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Track(s) taken from CDA67990
Recording details: March 2013
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Stephen Johns
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 5 minutes 7 seconds

Mazurka in G major, Op 26
Vivo; dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate

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Aleksander Zarzycki (1834–1895), from Lwów in the Ukraine, studied piano in Berlin with Rudolf Viole and until 1865 had a considerable career as a virtuoso. He then settled in Warsaw, concentrating on composition and teaching. He was a founding member of the Warsaw Music Society in 1871 and its director from 1875; and he directed the Music Institute from 1879 to 1888. His name was kept alive by the G major Mazurka, which has been played and recorded by many violinists.

Like his Cracovienne, Zarzycki’s Mazurka in G major, Op 26—dedicated to the Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate—has two main strains, the second of which provides a contrasting central section. It is memorable and virtuosic.

from notes by Tully Potter © 2014

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