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Deux Polonaises, S223
composer
1851

Recordings
'Arthur de Greef – Solo and concerto recordings' (APR7401)
Arthur de Greef – Solo and concerto recordings
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'Liszt: Sonata, Ballades & Polonaises' (CDA67085)
Liszt: Sonata, Ballades & Polonaises
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 – Ballades, Legends & Polonaises' (CDA66301)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2 – Ballades, Legends & Polonaises
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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'Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' (APR6011)
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
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'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
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'The Stephen Hough Piano Collection' (HOUGH1)
The Stephen Hough Piano Collection
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Details
No 1: Polonaise mélancolique in C minor
Track 8 on CDA66301 [11'11]
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD12 [11'11] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Polonaise in E major
Track 10 on APR7401 CD2 [8'51] 4CDs NEW
Track 2 on CDA67085 [8'55]
Track 11 on HOUGH1 [8'55] Super-budget price sampler
Track 9 on CDA66301 [8'23]
Track 9 on CDS44501/98 CD12 [8'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 18 on APR7501 CD1 [8'40] 5CDs
Track 20 on APR6011 CD1 [8'16] 2CDs for the price of 1

Deux Polonaises, S223
The two Polonaises recall Chopin, but only for the titles; the epic spread of the first one, in particular, has no equivalent in the Polish composer’s canon, and there is a ceremonial feeling to the second which brings other non-Polish Polonaises to mind, such as those of Beethoven, Schubert or Tchaikovsky. The C minor piece, entitled ‘mélancolique’ by Liszt, though most editions omit to mention it, has remained rather sadly neglected, but it is an excellent work of its kind, seeming to bear the woes of the whole world on its shoulders. Even the contrasting major-key tune fails to alleviate the gloom, which is confirmed by a very strange meditative cadenza in which the pulse changes to 4/4 and the dance-style of the Polonaise becomes a distant memory. The Second Polonaise used to be something of a warhorse: Busoni played it (and saddled it with much too long a cadenza, however interesting!), and Rachmaninov and Grainger both recorded it. A little less hackneyed nowadays, it remains a good foil for its companion, and its ingredients of two splendid themes and some really musical pyrotechnical variations make it a compelling concert-piece.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1988

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Details for APR6011 disc 1 track 20
No 2: Polonaise in E major
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-13-01120
Duration
8'16
Recording date
26 April 1949
Recording venue
HMV, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952 (APR6011)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: August 2013
    2CDs for the price of 1
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