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Zbiór spiewów polskich – Kompozycji Fryderyka Chopina, S480

composer
1847/1860; Op 74 Nos 1, 2, 14, 4, 12, 15
composer
1860

 
Chopin’s relationship with Liszt was often a stormy affair, but the mutual respect was firm enough, no better shown than by Liszt’s efforts to be Chopin’s first biographer—and the book is by no means as bad as some critics have attested!—and by the time and care which Liszt put into these Six Polish songs. The songs are certainly the only really neglected part of Chopin’s output (can it be simply because most singers are unfamiliar with Polish?) and here, as in dozens of other cases, Liszt seeks to propagate that which he already knows to be first-rate. In The Wish (often called The Maiden’s Wish in older editions), the simple melody is treated to elaborate variations which in some way illuminate the original text, which describes a girl who, in turn, would be the sun, or a bird, in order to show her love. Spring is an artless little poem about love, life and the spring, which Liszt arranges in the simplest way. The Ring and Merrymaking (also known as Drinking Song) are both mazurkas, and Liszt joins them together, pausing to quote the first, which speaks of a jilted boyfriend, towards the end of the second, where love is seen as less reliable than drinking. Liszt captures Chopin’s expanded mood exactly in My Darling (My Joys, as it has been strangely rendered) and the poem of desire breaks forth in operatic grandeur, while the last song, The Bridegroom (The Return Home) is made into a magnificent little symphonic sketch, far outreaching Chopin’s handling of the text, which describes the vain ride through the windswept forest of the bridegroom who will not reach his bride before she dies.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1989

Recordings

Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 5 – Saint-Saëns, Chopin & Berlioz Transcriptions
CDA66346
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
APR7503Download only
Paderewski – His earliest recordings
APR6006for the price of 1 — Download only
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald
APR5531Download only

Details

No 1 (Op 74 No 1): Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish'
Track 13 on APR6006 CD2 [4'17] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 18 on APR6006 CD2 [4'18] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 21 on APR7503 CD1 [4'42] Download only
Track 22 on APR7503 CD1 [4'45] Download only
Track 8 on APR7503 CD3 [4'40] Download only
Track 11 on APR7503 CD4 [4'35] Download only
Track 2 on CDA66346 [3'26]
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [3'26] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2 (Op 74 No 2): Wiosna 'Spring'
Track 3 on CDA66346 [2'16]
Track 3 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [2'16] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3 (Op 74 No 14): Pierscien 'The ring'
Track 4 on CDA66346 [3'03]
Track 4 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [3'03] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 4 (Op 74 No 4): Hulanka 'Drinking song'
Track 5 on CDA66346 [1'41]
Track 5 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [1'41] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 5 (Op 74 No 12): Moja pieszczotka 'My darling' (first version)
Track 18 on APR5531 [2'43] Download only
Track 1 on APR7503 CD2 [4'17] Download only
Track 8 on APR7503 CD5 [4'21] Download only
Track 6 on CDA66346 [2'19]
Track 6 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [2'19] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 6 (Op 74 No 15): Narzeczony 'The bridegroom'
Track 7 on CDA66346 [1'33]
Track 7 on CDS44501/98 CD52 [1'33] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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