Alicja Fiderkiewicz Celebrity Recital: Franck, Chopin & Hindemith
For several years, Polish pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz has given the Celebrity Recital at the International Summer School and Festival for Pianists in Manchester, England. Three of the concerts were recorded and given limited circulation by Dunelm Records and have now been made more widely available for Alicja’s rapidly growing fan base and by public demand.
This recording of works by Schumann is from the Celebrity Recital given in 2004 and remastered 2014.
- Prelude, choral et fugue (19:20)
- Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36 (5:31)
- Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51 (5:35)
- Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 (7:56)
- I. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major – I. Ruhig bewegt (4:40)
- II. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major – II. Sehr lebhaft (2:57)
- III. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major – III. Massig, schnell (4:51)
- IV. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major – IV. Fuge, lebhaft (4:41)
- Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1 (4:56)
Throughout the recital Fiderkiewicz maintains a lovely tonal sheen, a fine rhythmic clarity, while always differentiating well between the opposing characters of Eusebius and Florestan. This is Romantically-inclined playing. Recorded in excellent sound, Fiderkiewicz is the type of artist who proves that one’s interpretations do not have to be eccentric to be great; rather, she takes the route of eloquence, of subtlety, of a healthy personal connection to and reflection of this music. And it pays off in spades. These are performances to be lived with and cherished.” —Scott Noriega
Schumann’s example [of a Humoreske ] is a major work by any account. Fiderkiewicz gives an excellent performance of this work, which, because of its fragmentary and cyclic nature, means it can become a bit difficult for the listener to follow. Her playing tends to the wistful rather than cheery. A good investment for all piano music enthusiasts.” —John France
Recorded at Chetham’s international summer school and festival for pianists by the late Jim Pattison, and a fine job he made of it: apart from the applause, you’d not know it was live. Fiderkiewicz’s playing is also flawless (at least as far as we could tell). Don’t watch drivel on the telly, sit in a quiet room and play this. Alicja Fiderkiewicz: better than Carlsberg Special. Official.” —Jeremy Condliffe