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Discography
Szymanowski: The Complete Mazurkas
Label: Hyperion
Released: June 1, 2003
Catalog Num: CDA67399

Twenty Mazurkas Op 50

Sostenuto – Molto rubato

Allegramente – Poco vivace

Moderato

Allegramente, risoluto

Moderato

Vivace

Poco vivace

Moderato

Tempo moderato

Allegramente – Vivace – Con brio

Allegretto

Allegro moderato

Moderato

Animato

Allegretto dolce

Allegramente – Vigoroso[

Moderato

Vivace – Agitato

Poco vivace – Animato e grazioso

Allegramente – Con brio

Valse romantique

Four Polish Dances

Mazurek

Krakowiak

Oberek

Polonaise

Two Mazurkas Op 62

Allegretto grazioso

Moderato


The Mazurka is a traditional Polish dance in three-time with an often erratic-seeming emphasis on the second beat. It was Chopin who made of it the vehicle for some of his most intimately ruminative and also laconic utterances; he took this dance idiom even further into a world of human expression than he did with his waltzes—and thereby set a tradition that yields these ravishingly elusive masterpieces that gently exude all Szymanowski’s most subtle chromatic surprises and delights. They seem to encapsulate all we think of as Polish in sensibility as well as universal glimpses of irony and melancholy, energy and exuberance—often enough all in the gruff elegance of one piece!

Marc-André Hamelin continues his exclusive Hyperion voyage around the hidden coves and treasure troves of the piano repertoire with this important issue of pieces that will quickly win their way to the hearts of listeners new to their charms.

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