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Five Polish Dances, Op 3


The five Polish Dances Op 3 of 1869 quickly led to Scharwenka’s popularity, and whilst one is initially tempted to make comparisons with the mazurkas of Chopin, these early pieces already have a distinct originality. The melodic content is strong and quite rhythmic, and it is obvious why they made such an immediate impact.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

Les cinq Danses nationales polonaises, Op 3, de 1869 firent rapidement la popularité de Scharwenka, et bien que l’on soit tenté de les comparer aux mazurkas de Chopin, il faut reconnaître que ces pièces de jeunesse présentent une originalité très distinctive. Leur contenu mélodique est puissant et rythmé et l’on comprend aisément pourquoi elles ont tant marqué le public.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Eastick © 2002
Français: Marie Luccheta

Die fünf Polnischen Tänze op. 3 aus dem Jahr 1869 machten Scharwenka rasch populär, und obwohl man anfangs versucht ist, Vergleiche mit den Mazurken Chopins anzustellen, besitzen diese frühen Stücke doch eine unverkennbare Originalität. Die verarbeiteten Melodien sind zahlreich und äußerst rhythmisch, und es ist klar ersichtlich, warum die Tänze derart unmittelbare Wirkung zeitigten.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Eastick © 2002
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1


No 1 in E flat minor: Con fuoco
No 2 in F sharp minor: Non troppo allegro e con intissimo sentimento
No 3 in D major: Vivace
No 4 in G minor: Appassionato
No 5 in B flat major: Con fuoco

Track-specific metadata for CDH55131 track 8

No 3 in D major: Vivace
Recording date
1 December 1991
Recording venue
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
John Timperley
Hyperion usage
  1. Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDH55131)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: June 2002
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