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Regina Smendzianka
(1924-2011)
Polish pianist



Regina Smendzianka, an apprentice of Zbigniew Drzewiecki, was a wonderful pianist.  She had a special relationship with the works of Chopin which she played with grace and charm, and with power when required.  Her technique was as formidable as it was unobtrusive.  And in her playing, the glorious Polish tradition which produced so many magnificent pianists lived into the 21st century.

The performance of the F minor concerto of Chopin with which we begin is one of the very finest I have ever heard.  The strength of this music, so often subdued, comes prominently to the fore, and the accompaniment by Rowicki and the Warsaw Philharmonic once again belie the notion that Chopin couldn't write for orchestra.  I would also like to single out her performance of the Berceuse as among the supreme recorded performances of this work.

We are treated to the complete set of waltzes by Chopin in which I promise you will hear attention to detail that will delight you.  Every note was written by Chopin for a purpose, and it is every note, every strand of polyphony, and every sub-melody that you will hear.  These are not waltzes that are dashed of as less than serious music.

There are a number of piano works by Polish pianist/composers of the turn of the 19th century which serve to illustrate the musical environment which served as such fertile soil to the young Chopin.

And do be sure to go to the bottom of the page where you will find a completer piano concerto by Mozart.



Chopin  Piano Concerto in F minor, Op 21
i Maestoso - 13:38ii Larghetto - 23:38iii Allegro vivace
Witold Rowicki conductsing the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1958




Chopin  Berceuse, Op 57

recorded in the 1950s




Chopin Waltzes

recorded in the 1950s


1 in E major



2 in A major, Op 34 ~1



3 in A minor, Op 34 ~2



4 in F major, Op 34 ~3



5 in A major, Op 42



6 in D major, Op 64 ~1



7 in C minor, Op 64 ~2



8 in A major, Op 64 ~3



9 in A major, Op 69 ~1



10 in B minor, Op 69 ~2



11 in G major, Op 70 ~1



12 in F minor, Op 70 ~2



13 in D major, Op 70 ~3



14 in E minor, Op posth



in E major, Op posth



in A minor, Op posth




Chopin  Tarantella in A major, Op 43

recorded in the 1950s




Chopin  Three Ecossaises, Op 72




Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831)  Mazurka

recorded in 1966




Szymanowska  Prelude (Etude) in E major

recorded in 1966




Szymanowska  Nocturne in B major

recorded in 1966




Franciszek Lessel (1780-1838)  Variations in A minor for piano

recorded in 1966




Michał Kleofas Ogiński (1765-1833)  Five dances for piano solo

recorded in 1966


Quadrille 1



Waltz 1



3 Tempo di mineutto



Quadrille 2



Waltz 2




Ogiński  Polonaise in B flat major

recorded in 1966




Mozart  Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K 491
Stanislaw Wislocki conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded c 1964


i Allegro



ii Larghetto



iii Aliegretto (variations)










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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