The Polish composer Roman Statkowski (1859-1925) was a pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov . He himself worked primarily as an educator and composed relatively little . His 60 piano pieces are rooted in Polish dance traditions and are quite conservative for their time of origin . On the other hand Statkowski is a very imaginative composer who borrowed much of the passion of Russian music . Barbara Karaskiewicz plays a selection of his piano works , ‘ Six Préludes ‘, Op. 37 ,’ Four Mazurkas ‘ op . 34 , the ‘ Immortelles’ op . 19 and ‘ Six Pieces ‘ Op. 16. Her interpretation is fluid and subtle and reflects the diversity and moods excellently.

—Remy Franck