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PADEREWSKI, Ignacy Jan: Victor Recordings (selections) (1914-1941)

Artist(s) Paderewski, Ignacy Jan, narrator • Paderewski, Ignacy Jan, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyClassical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental • Spoken Commentary
Catalogue 8.112011
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Ignacy Jan Paderewski enthralled the world with his artistry for more than half a century. Immensely popular as a recitalist (he played in Madison Square Garden to 20,000 people), he came to recording as late as 1911, leaving an important legacy. These recordings, mostly from the 1920s and some unpublished on 78rpm, show Paderewski as a uniquely eloquent interpreter of Beethoven, his compatriot Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Rachmaninov, Debussy and his own compositions. Whether performing in grand Romantic style, with scintillating virtuosity yet many wonderful subtleties, or as if confiding intimate secrets, Paderewski possessed what Henry James memorably described as “exhilarating goodness”.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

Born in Poland in 1860, Ignacy Jan Paderewski was already twenty-eight before he made his remarkable international debut as a solo pianist, choosing Paris as the location and offering some of his own works in a diverse programme. He was equally cautious in committing his performances to disc, which was not without justification, as the magnetism of his stage presence was something he could not transfer in a recording studio. Maybe his realisation of that fact only encouraged him to stamp his own personality on everything he recorded. He was also guilty of the affectation of playing with his hands out of perfect synchronization, and made excessive use of rubato. When the music made technical demands it seemed to distract him from such freedoms, Liszt’s


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