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Mazurka elegiaca, Op 23 No 2

for two pianos; written for, but not included in because of its scoring, the 1942 Boosey & Hawkes volume Homage to Paderewski

Benjamin Britten misunderstood the commission and composed a work, entitled Mazurka elegiaca, scored for two pianos, instead of writing one for solo piano. Thus although it was intended for the volume it had to be published separately. Britten captures the melancholy characteristic of so many of Chopin’s mazurkas, thereby saluting Paderewski as the great Chopin interpreter.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Se méprenant sur la commande, Benjamin Britten composa non une œuvre pour piano solo mais une Mazurka elegiaca pour deux pianos, qu’il fallut donc publier à part. Il y appréhende la mélancolie propre à tant de mazurkas chopiniennes, saluant ainsi le grand interprète de Chopin qu’avait été Paderewski.

extrait des notes rédigées par Joseph A Herter © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Benjamin Britten verstand den Auftrag falsch und komponierte ein Stück mit dem Titel Mazurka elegiaca für zwei Klaviere anstelle eines Werkes für Soloklavier. Es war zwar für das Album geplant, mußte nun aber separat erscheinen. Britten fängt die Melancholie vieler Mazurken von Chopin ein und ehrt damit den großen Chopin-Interpreten Paderewski.

aus dem Begleittext von Joseph A Herter © 2011
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius


Homage to Paderewski

Track-specific metadata for CDA67903 track 21

Recording date
20 December 2010
Recording venue
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Homage to Paderewski (CDA67903)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: November 2011
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