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Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op 13

'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op 13
Chopin referred to the Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major Op 13 as ‘the Potpourri on Polish Themes’. He was clearly fond of the work and kept it in his repertoire for many years despite the incidental contribution of the orchestra and the somewhat clumsy welding together of the different sections. All eyes are on the soloist. A slow introduction gives way to a plaintive Andantino (a folk song titled ‘Juz miesiac zaszedl’—‘Already the moon has set’) and two brilliant variations, followed by a theme from an opera by Karol Kurpinski, leading to a rousing conclusion with a kujawiak (a popular dance similar to the mazurka).

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDS44351/66 disc 14 track 8
Recording date
18 June 1997
Recording venue
National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Recording producer
Andrzej Sasin
Recording engineer
Andrzej Sasin & Andrzej Lupa
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  1. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 14 Track 8
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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