Three Generations of Mazurkas

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Catalogue No: DDA 25123
EAN/UPC: 809730512322
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Release Date: November 2014
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 60:04

The mazurka is a traditional Polish folk dance in triple time (three beats to the bar). In the very early 1800s. Maria Szymanowska was the first composer to write formal Mazurkas for the piano. They are very short, quite simple and incredibly varied and tuneful. Only a decade or so later, Chopin developed the mazurka into an art-music form and his Opus. 7 and 17 sets are perhaps the best known. While other composers also took up the form, the most notable transformation of the mazurka was by the third Polish composer, Szymanowski, who created a full-blown Romantic style far removed from the simple original. The bright, sunny and cheerful expressiveness of the folk dance is brought out brilliantly by the young virtuoso Russian pianist Alexander Kostritsa and the album is both highly tuneful entertainment and also an insight into how a style can evolve.

Track Listing

    Maria Szymanowska:

  1. Mazurka No. 1 (0:37)
  2. Mazurka No. 2 (0:50)
  3. Mazurka No. 3 (0:47)
  4. Mazurka No. 4 (0:41)
  5. Mazurka No. 5 (0:31)
  6. Mazurka No. 6 (0:32)
  7. Mazurka No. 7 (0:39)
  8. Mazurka No. 8 (0:35)
  9. Mazurka No. 9 (0:33)
  10. Mazurka No. 10 (0:37)
  11. Mazurka No. 11 (0:16)
  12. Mazurka No. 12 (0:39)
  13. Mazurka No. 13 (0:31)
  14. Mazurka No. 14 (0:30)
  15. Mazurka no. 15 (0:33)
  16. Mazurka No. 16 (0:30)
  17. Mazurka No. 17 (0:53)
  18. Mazurka No. 18 (0:37)
  19. Mazurka No. 19 (0:37)
  20. Mazurka No. 20 (0:31)
  21. Mazurka No. 21 (0:16)
  22. Mazurka No. 22 (0:14)
  23. Mazurka No. 23 (0:22)
  24. Mazurka No. 24 (0:50)
  25. Fryderyk Chopin:

  26. Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1 (2:04)
  27. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7 no. 2 (2:55)
  28. Mazurka in F minor, Op. 7 No 3 (2:13)
  29. Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 7 No. 4 (1:15)
  30. Mazurka in C major, Op. 7 No. 5 (0:57)
  31. Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 17 No. 1 (2:04)
  32. Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2 (1:40)
  33. Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 17 No. 3 (3:45)
  34. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 (3:44)
  35. Karol Szymanowski:

  36. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 1 (1:53)
  37. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 2 (2:27)
  38. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (2:22)
  39. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 6 (2:09)
  40. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 9 (3:00)
  41. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 10 (2:43)
  42. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 13 (3:00)
  43. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 14 (1:54)
  44. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 16 (3:30)
  45. Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 20 (3:08)

Reviews

MusicWeb

The most interesting aspect of this CD is the 24 mazurkas by Maria Szymanowska. . I found them charming and delightful pieces: in spite of lacking the subtlety of Chopin’s contribution they are valuable examples of the form. I enjoyed Kostritsa’s playing… he responds well to the challenges of these popular numbers [by Chopin]. Kostritsa presents the [Szymanowski] music with considerable imagination. I have nothing to compare in relation to Maria Szymanowska but I enjoyed the pianist’s interpretation of these delightful numbers.

” —John France
Fanfare

Kostritsa plays with accentu­ated verve, though his grasp of the Szymanowski stresses their continuity as mazurkas, rather than their strangeness. Sound is close, detailed, and gutsy.

” —Adrian Corleonis
The Chronicle

This new CD looks at the mazurka as it developed from a dance to full-blown Romantic art-music. Musically, it makes for pleasant and relaxing music. At the end of the day, it’s a nice solo piano album, expertly delivered by Kostritsa.

” —Jeremy Condliffe