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RYSZARD BAKST (1926 - 1999)
Polish pianist



Ryszard Bakst, a descendent of the Russian artist Leon Bakst, studied with Józef Turczyński, Józef Śliwiński, Abram Lufer, Konstantin Igumnov, Heinrich Neuhaus, and Zbigniew Drzewiecki.  His credentials were impeccable.  He himself was an active teacher all his life.

In addition to Chopin, of course, he was known for his playing of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Paderewski and Zarębski.  He also performed the works of contemporary composers, Piston, Honegger, Kabaleski, Shostakovich, Milhaud and Copland among them.

Below we have the luxury of his recordings of the complete nocturnes of Chopin.  The performances are in the great Polish tradition, beautifully payed.  Though I prefer these works performed with more of a sense of the dance, his approach cannot be faulted.

Where are the recordings of Beethoven and Schumann, if they exists?  I would love to hear them.



Chopin  Nocturne 19 in E minor, Op 72~1

recorded in the 1940s




Chopin  Mazurkas


1 in F minor, Op 6~1
2 in C minor, Op 6~2
3 in E major, Op 6~3
4 in E minor, Op 6~4



5 in B major, Op 7~1
6 in A minor, Op 7~2
7 in F minor, Op 7~3
8 in A major, Op 7~4




10 in B major, Op 17~1
11 in E minor, Op 17~2
12 in A major, Op 17~3



13 in A minor, Op 17~4
14 in G minor, Op 24~1
15 in C major, Op 24~2



9 in C major, Op 7~5
16 in A major, Op 24~3



17 in B minor, Op 24~4
18 in C minor, Op 30~1
19 in B minor, Op 30~2



20 in D major, Op 30~3
21 in C minor, Op 30~4
22 in G minor, Op 33~1



23 in D major, Op 33~2
24 in C major, Op 33~3



25 in B minor, Op 33~4
26 in C minor, Op 41c1



27 in E minor, Op 41~2
28 in B major, Op 41~3
29 in A major, Op 41~4
30 in G major, Op 50~1



31 in A major, Op 50~2
32 in C minor, Op 50~3



33 in B major, Op 56~1
34 in C major, Op 56~2



35 in C minor, Op 56~3



36 in A minor, Op 59~1
37 in A major, Op 59~2



38 in F minor, Op 59~3
39 in B major, Op 63~1
40 in F minor, Op 63~2
41 in C minor, Op 63~3



51 in A minor, to Émile Gaillard from Album de pianistes polonais
50 in A minor,  2 "Notre temps" from Six Morceaux de salon
42 in G major, Op 67~1 posth
43 in G minor, Op 67~2 posth



44 in C major, Op 67~3 posth
45 in A minor, Op 67~4 posth
46 in C major, Op 68~1 posth
47 in A minor, Op 68~2 posth



48 in F major) Op 68~3 posth.
49 in F minor) Op 68~4 posth
52 in B major
53 in G major
54 in D major



55 in D major
56 in B major
57 in C major
58 in A major



59 in F minor "La Dernière"




Julius Zarębski (1854-1885)  Grande Polonaise, Op 6




Zarębski  Serenade Burlesque, Op 20










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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