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SZYMANOWSKA, Maria (1789-1831)

COMPLETE DANCES FOR SOLO PIANO


  • Alexander Kostritsa, piano

Displaying exceptional musical precocity, the young pianist Maria Szymanowska proved a sensation in Warsaw’s salons, before moving to Paris where her fame spread. Greatly admired by her contemporaries, who included Beethoven, Cherubini, Field and Tomášek, she later also cast a spell over the elderly Goethe during one of her many long European tours. Before her early death, from cholera, she was employed by the Russian imperial court as First Pianist to the empress. Written for the aristocratic salons of the day, Szymanowska’s collections of dances are, for the most part, pleasing and light, yet always inventive. These beautifully written miniatures also include more challenging pieces such as the Polonaise No. 4 and the Mazurka No.17 whose darker moments foreshadow the early German Romantics.

Tracklist

 
18 Danses () (00:33:32 )
1
No. 1. Polonaise in C Major (00:03:09)
2
No. 2. Polonaise in E Minor (00:02:18)
3
No. 3. Polonaise in A Major (00:03:01)
4
No. 4. Polonaise in F Minor (00:03:57)
5
No. 5. Valse in E-Flat Major (00:01:26)
6
No. 6. Valse in A Major (00:01:58)
7
No. 7. Valse in B-Flat Major (00:01:28)
8
No. 8. Valse in F Major (00:00:50)
9
No. 9. Anglaise in E-Flat Major (00:00:46)
10
No. 10. Anglaise in B-Flat Major (00:00:35)
11
No. 11. Anglaise in A-Flat Major (00:00:44)
12
No. 12. Anglaise in E-Flat Major (00:00:46)
13
No. 13. Contre-danse in B-Flat Major (00:01:11)
14
No. 14. Contre-danse in A-Flat Major (00:00:48)
15
No. 15. Quadrille in E-Flat Major (00:01:02)
16
No. 16. Quadrille in F Major (00:01:22)
17
No. 17. Mazurek in C Major (00:01:14)
18
No. 18. Cotillon in A-Flat Major (00:07:05)
 
24 Mazurkas (1826) (00:00:00 )
19
Mazurka No. 1 (00:00:38)
20
Mazurka No. 2 (00:00:54)
21
Mazurka No. 3 (00:00:48)
22
Mazurka No. 4 (00:00:41)
23
Mazurka No. 5 (00:00:32)
24
Mazurka No. 6 (00:00:33)
25
Mazurka No. 7 (00:00:40)
26
Mazurka No. 8 (00:00:36)
27
Mazurka No. 9 (00:00:34)
28
Mazurka No. 10 (00:00:37)
29
Mazurka No. 11 (00:00:17)
30
Mazurka No. 12 (00:00:39)
31
Mazurka No. 13 (00:00:31)
32
Mazurka No. 14 (00:00:31)
33
Mazurka No. 15 (00:00:33)
34
Mazurka No. 16 (00:00:30)
35
Mazurka No. 17 (00:00:53)
36
Mazurka No. 18 (00:00:39)
37
Mazurka No. 19 (00:00:38)
38
Mazurka No. 20 (00:00:31)
39
Mazurka No. 21 (00:00:16)
40
Mazurka No. 22 (00:00:13)
41
Mazurka No. 23 (00:00:22)
42
Mazurka No. 24 (00:00:51)
 
6 Minuets () (00:15:59 )
43
No. 1 in A Minor: Allegretto (00:02:36)
44
No. 2 in G Minor: Quasi allegro (00:02:34)
45
No. 3 in E-Flat Major: Moderato (00:02:13)
46
No. 4 in G Minor: Vivace agitato (00:02:28)
47
No. 5 in E Major: Allegro (00:03:42)
48
No. 6 in D Minor: Vivace (00:02:29)
49
Polonaise sur l'air national favori du feu Prince Joseph Poniatowsky (1819) (00:02:33)
50
Danse polonaise () (00:03:39)
51
Cotillon ou valse figuree () (00:04:09)
Total Time: 01:14:00

The Artist

Alexander Kostritsa received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Alexander Kostritsa is a prizewinner of international piano competitions, including the Premio Rovere d’Oro (Italy, 2007, 1st prize), the Slavic Music Festival (Ukraine, 2007, laureate), and the Paul Badura-Skoda (Spain, 2010, finalist). He made his international début when he was eight years old with a concert tour to Japan. Since then he has been performing as a soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, and the United States. He has appeared with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra “The Seasons”, the Kursk University Orchestra, the Vidin Philharmonic and other orchestras. He studied with Mikhail Petukhov in Moscow and with Antonio Pompa-Baldi in Cleveland.

Reviews

“…Kostritsa’s work in collecting these dances is commendable, as is his approach. In the Polonaises, his straightforward playing captures well the simple phrasing, form, and rather nondescript melody. …these works are pleasing.” – American Record Guide