The Spirit of Poland

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The Spirit of Poland

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Pianist Felicja Blumental explores the vibrant repertoire of Karol Szymanowski (who taught the young Blumental composition) and fellow Pole Fryderyk Chopin, whose music was a fundamental part of Felicja Blumental’s recording career which brought her great acclaim.

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Pianist Felicja Blumental explores the vibrant repertoire of Karol Szymanowski (who taught the young Blumental composition) and fellow Pole Fryderyk Chopin, whose music was a fundamental part of Felicja Blumental’s recording career which brought her great acclaim.

That the music of Chopin played a fundamental part in the recording studio and concert platform for Felicja Blumental should barely come as a surprise. As a fellow Pole, and a student at the National Conservatory, she was steeped in the music of her native land through her piano teachers Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Joseph Goldberg and Stefan Askenase, later bolstering these studies with the noted Chopin expert Józef Turczynski. The only other stellar Polish composer missing from this list is Karol Szymanowski, who taught the young Blumental composition.

Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4 for piano and orchestra “Symphonie Concertante” Op. 60, M70

Felicja Blumental – piano
Kazimierz Kord: Conductor
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice

  • Moderato
  • Andante molto sostenuto
  • Allegro non troppo

Karol Szymanowski: Variations for Piano in B flat minor, Op. 3, M5

Felicja Blumental – piano

  • Tema: Andantino tranquillo e simplece
  • Varation I: L’istesso tempo
  • Variation II: Agitato
  • Variation III: Andantino quasi tempo di mazuka
  • Variation IV: Con moto (scherzando)
  • Variation V: Lento dolce (cantabile)
  • Variation VI: Scherzando, molto vivace
  • Variation VII: Allegro agitato ed energico
  • Variation VIII: Memo mosso, Mesto
  • Variation IX: Tempo di Valse. Grazioso
  • Variation X: Andantino dolce
  • Variation XI: Andantino dolce affetuoso
  • Variation XII: Allegro con fuoco

Fryderyck Chopin: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21

Felicja Blumental – piano
Robert Wagner: Conductor
Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra

  • Maestoso
  • Larghetto
  • Allegro Vivace

Total running time (67’04)