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WITOLD MALCUZYNSKI (1914-1977)
Polish pianist



Witold Malcuzynski was a pupil of the great Polish pedagogue Józef Turczyński.  He went on to work under Marguerite Long and Isidor Philipp in Paris which led to a third prize at the Third International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1937.  That was the year that Yakov Zak and Rosa Tamarkina finished first and second respectively.  Lance Dossor was fourth, the great Hungarian pianist, Agi Jambor, took a fifth, and Edith Picht-Axenfeld was sixth, all in that same competition.

Witold Malcuzynski was one of the great pianists of my youth.  I spent my teenage years listening to him play Chopin.  I had the chance to see him live at Carnegie Hall in New York a few years before he died when he performed the Liszt B minor Sonata, a performance I will never forget. This supremely elegant pianist with a shock of blond-white hair reached a point in the score which contained a passage of very complex finger work in the right hand.  He rested his left hand on top of the piano as if he were at a cocktail party, and I thought to myself, that is how to play Liszt.

By following this link, you can hear Witold Malcuzynski play concerti by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.



Bach-Busoni  'Chaconne'

recorded in 1970




Chopin Recital

recorded ca 1950


Ballade 2 in F major, Op 38
Nocturne 15 in F minor, Op 55~1
Nocturne 7 in C minor, Op 27~1
Waltz 11 in G major, Op 70~1
Waltz 6 in D major, Op 64~1



Mazurka in C minor, Op 30~4
Mazurka in A minor, Op 67~4
Mazurka in B minor, Op 33~4
Impromtu 1 in A major, Op 29
Scherzo 2 in B minor,Op.31




Chopin  Impromptu 1 in A major, Op 29




Chopin  Etude in E major, Op. 10~3 "Tristesse"
performed by 1 Alexander Uninsky - 4:08 2 Witold Malcuzynski - 8:15 3 Milosz Magin




Chopin  Mazurkas


in C major, Op 24~2
recorded in the early 1960's



in B minor, Op 24~4



in D major, Op 33~2



in B minor, Op 33~4



in C minor, Op 50~3



in C minor, Op 56~3
recorded in 1968



in C minor, Op 63~3



in F minor, Op 68~4




Chopin  6 Polonaises
1 Op 26~1 - 08:142 Op 26~2 - 16:003 Op 40~1
21:464 Op 40~2 - 28:055 Op 44 - 39:126 Op 53

recorded in 1959




Chopin  Waltzes


2 in
A major, Op 34~1



5 in A major, Op 42



7 in C minor, Op 64~2



14 in E minor, Op posth




Chopin  Ballades

recorded in the early 1960s


1 in G minor, Op 23



2 in F major, Op 38



3 in A major, Op 47



4 in F Minor, Op 52




Chopin  Scherzo 2 in F minor, Op 31

recorded in 1947




Chopin  Fantaisie in F minor, Op 49

recorded in 1960




Chopin  Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 35


i Grave – Doppio movimento



ii Scherzo



iii Marche funèbre: Lento



iv Finale: Presto




Chopin  Piano Sonata 3 in B minor, Op 58


i Allegro maestoso
ii Scherzo: Molto vivace



iii Largo
iv Finale: Presto non tanto




Brahms   Handel Variations, Op 24


Part I



Part II




Brahms   Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79~2




Brahms   Intermezzo in E minor, Op 118~6




Debussy  "Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest" (Animé et tumultueux)
Prélude 7 from Book I

recorded live in 1967




Debussy  "La Puerta del Vino" (Mouvement de Habanera)
Prélude 3 from Book II

recorded live in 1966




Szymanowski  Etude in B♭ minor, Op 4

recorded ca 1940










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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