Karol Szymanowski: Piano Music


Catalogue No: DDA 25151
EAN/UPC: 809730515125
Release Date: June 2017
Discs: 1

To many, Szymanowski was the most important composer from Poland – taking the Romantic tradition of Chopin, and transforming it into a style which retained the Romantic ideals but firmly within the 20th century, approaching modernism with music of enormous vitality and requiring virtuoso performance.

This selection of works from the beginning, middle and end of his output is indeed played superbly by Barbara Karaśkiewicz, whose Polishness can only enhance her deep understanding of and application to this music. Included are the nine preludes, Op. 1 and the four etudes, Op. 4, rooted in the Romantic tradition; Masques from the middle period, picturesque music-portraits; and the two late Mazurkas Op. 62. This album follows the critically acclaimed disc of works by another Polish post-Romantic, the lesser known but equally skilled Roman Statkowski.

Track Listing

    Karol Szymanowski:
    Nine Preludes, Op. 1

  1. No. 1 in B minor
  2. No. 2 in D minor
  3. No. 3 in D flat major
  4. No. 4 in B flat minor
  5. No. 5 in D minor
  6. No. 6 in A minor
  7. No. 7 in C minor
  8. No. 8 in E flat minor
  9. No. 9 in B flat minor
  10. Four Etudes, Op. 4

  11. No. 1 in E flat minor
  12. No. 2 in G flat major
  13. No. 3 in B flat minor
  14. No. 4 in C major
  15. Masques, Op.34

  16. Scheherazade
  17. Tantris the Fool
  18. Don Juan’s Serenade
  19. Two Mazurkas, Op. 62

  20. No. 1 Allegretto grazioso
  21. No. 2 Moderato


MusicWeb International

Polish-born pianist Barbara Karaśkiewicz plays these four works with great understanding, technical aplomb and interpretive skill. It makes a splendid introduction to the piano music of Karol Szymanowski.

” —John France
Rafael Music Notes

Listening twice to this CD was intensely rewarding. The variety of harmonic surprises, the sheer melodic inventiveness of the composer, kept this listener interested. Barbara Karaskiewicz is a pianist of rare gifts: always sensitive, assertive and powerful at crucial times, exquisitely handling the lyricism that abounds in these miniature gems.

” —Rafael de Acha