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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)

Details

No 1 (Op 74 No 1): Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish'
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 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)

Track-specific metadata for APR7503 disc 5 track 8

No 5 (Op 74 No 12): Moja pieszczotka 'My darling' (first version)
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-10-50508
Duration
4'21
Recording date
18 March 1942
Recording venue
New Jersey, USA
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings (APR7503)
    Disc 5 Track 8
    Release date: December 2011
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