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Fantasy in F minor, Op 14

'Szymanowski: Piano Music' (CDH55081)
Szymanowski: Piano Music
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Movement 1: Grave
Track 8 on CDH55081 [3'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Non troppo allegro, ma molto passionato e affettuoso
Track 9 on CDH55081 [4'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Allegro molto, deciso: Energico
Track 10 on CDH55081 [4'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Fantasy in F minor, Op 14
The Fantasy, Opus 14, dates from Szymanowski’s early formative years. Completed in Warsaw in 1905, it was a response first and foremost to the music of Liszt, who also had a passing influence on Op 4 No 1. On one level the influence is revealed in the texture and figuration of the Fantasy, certainly the most complex and virtuosic yet attempted by Szymanowski. Moreover, as in Liszt, the arpeggiated cascades of sound are often emancipated from an accompanimental status, carrying the music towards powerful climaxes with an impassioned rhetoric which disguises occasional poverty in the basic material. Even the more delicate textures of the slow section recall Liszt rather than Chopin. But the influence goes yet deeper. The work is in effect a tripartite cyclic structure employing two principal thematic elements throughout, with the final section synthesizing earlier material. Admittedly, transformations are minimal but there can be little doubt that Liszt acted as the formal as well as the stylistic model.

from notes by Jim Samson © 1991

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Details for CDA66409 track 10
Allegro molto, deciso: Energico
Recording date
27 November 1990
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Simon Weir
Hyperion usage
  1. Szymanowski: Piano Music (CDA66409)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 1991
    Deletion date: March 2001
    Superseded by CDH55081
  2. Szymanowski: Piano Music (CDH55081)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 2001
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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