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BARBARA HESSE-BUKOWSKA (1930-2013)
Polish pianist



Barbara Hesse-Bukowska was a pupil of Maria Wiłkomirska, took a second prize in the 1949 International Chopin Piano Competition, then studied with Artur Rubinstein in Paris. 'Nuff said.

Her very successful international career took her all over Europe during the 1950s through the 1970s as a recitalist and soloist in which capacity she performed under many of the great conductors of the age.  She was warded the “Harriet Cohen Piano Medal - International Music Award” for best pianist of the year in 1962.  Her dicography is considerable.  It is my hope that many more examples of her art will appear on these pages before too long.

Barbara Hesse-Bukowska plays beautifully with that soupçon of a je ne sais quoi that only Polish pianists seem to have.  Her tone is lovely, and her way with Chopin's embellishments are the envy of any.



Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 6


1 in F minor
2 in C minor
3 in E major
4 in E minor




Chopin  5 Mazurkas, Op 7


1 in B major
2 in A minor
3 in F minor
4 in A major



Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 17


1 in B major
2 in E minor
3 in A major


4 in A minor




Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 24


1 in G minor
2 in C major
3 in A major

4 in B minor



Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 30


1 in C minor
2 in B minor
3 in D major
4 in C minor




Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 33


1 in G minor
2 in D major
3 in C major
4 in B minor




Chopin  4 Mazurkas, Op 67

3 in C major
4 in A minor

recorded in 1982



Chopin 2 Nocturnes, Op 48

1 in C minor
2 in F minor



Chopin  Scherzo E major, Op 54

recorded in 1954



Chopin  Allegro de concert, Op 46




Chopin  "Variations Pour Piano Sur Un Air Allemand" in E major (1824)

recorded in 1958




Chopin  Héxameron Variation 6

recorded in the 1950s




Chopin  Variations brillantes in B major, Opus 12
on "Je vends des scapulaires" from Hérold's Ludovic

recorded in 1959




Chopin  Waltz in A major, Opus 42

recorded in 1954



Chopin  Fugue in A minor, Op posth

recorded in 1958




Chopin  Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, Op 11
Sir Adrian Boult conducting the Wiedeńskiej Opera Orchestra

recorded in 1960


ii Romance: Larghetto
iii Rondo: Vivace




Ludomir Różycki (1884-1953)  Ballade, Op 2
Jana Krenza conducting the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 2002




Milosz Magin (1929-1999)  Krakowiak
Jerzy Kolaczkowski conducting the Orchestra of Radio Cracow

recorded in 1955










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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