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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55133
Recording details: October 1992
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by John H West
Engineered by John Timperley
Release date: February 2003
Total duration: 21 minutes 30 seconds

'the music here could hardly be more sympathetically presented than by Tanyel, whose performances are immaculate in their musicianship and virtuosity' (Gramophone)

'Tanyel's clear enthusiasm for this unhackneyed programme is utterly refreshing … The performance reminds us again just how well she understands the piano's Romantic repertoire' (Classic CD)

Four Polish Dances, Op 58
composer

Moderato  [5'46]
Lento  [6'16]
Moderato  [5'41]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The four Polish Dances, Op 58, were composed when Scharwenka was at the height of his creative power, following on from the success of his second piano concerto at the beginning of 1881. In contrast to his earlier works in this genre, these pieces are more substantial, with a greater use of chromatic harmonies and more advanced modulations, and the overall development of the thematic material shows greater maturity. Although Scharwenka was not the ardent nationalist as typified by Paderewski, there is perhaps a passing tongue-in-cheek reference to the Polish anthem in the last piece of this set.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 1992

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