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Paderweski: Variations Et Fugue

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Paderweski: Variations Et Fugue
Paderweski: Variations Et Fugue


Paderewski and Godowski, two great representatives of the Romantic pianistic tradition, also composed, and their works are sufficiently significant and enduring that they are still played by piano virtuosos today. They both belonged to the generation of pianists for whom the performance of musical works also meant their own compositions. In those days, it was generally accepted that virtuosos presented their own works during performances. Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner, already renowned as an artist displaying great facility in many different areas of the repertoire, including Polish music, decided that he was ready to take up the admirable challenge of recording some of the most important (and most difficult) works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Leopold Godowski. His interpretations of Paderewski's Op. 23 and Künstlerleben by Strauss-Godowski already merit our recognition for the very fact that he is tackling these extremely difficult works. Yet Goerner is a pianist with far broader horizons, aspiring in his interpretations to an 'artistic ideal'. We hear this in his approach to Paderewski's Variations, where he shows in an extremely interestingnot to say revelatoryway their excellent compositional qualities: their clear development, rich technique and above all monumental form, reaching a grand climax in the closing fugue. In a word, we have here a creation that shows Paderewski to be a master of the large-scale cyclical form, clearly heading in the direction of modernist solutions. Künstlerleben by Strauss-Godowski, meanwhile, remains a work regarded as an 'open book'. In Nelson Goerner's rendition, it is a composition in which the breathtaking technical aspect can be perfectly combined with elegance.


  1. Name
  2. Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Variations Et Fugue Sur Un Th¯me Original Op. 23 I. Theme Maestoso
  3. Variation I
  4. Variation II
  5. Variation III Un Poco Più Mosso E Agitato
  6. Variation IV Animato
  7. Variation V Vivace Ma Non Troppo
  8. Variation VI Andante Ma Non Troppo
  9. Variation VII Un Poco Animato
  10. Variation VIII Allegro Moderato
  11. Variation IX Meno Mosso
  12. Variation X Grandioso
  13. Variation XI Allegro Scherzoso
  14. Variation XII Maestoso
  15. Variation XIII Agitato
  16. Variation XIV Allegro Feroce
  17. Variation XV Andantino
  18. Variation XVI Moderato
  19. Variation XVII Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  20. Variation XVIII Vivace
  21. Variation XIX Un Poco Meno Mosso Ma Molto Agitato
  22. Variation XX Allegro Con Fuoco
  23. Fugue Allegro Molto Moderato
  24. Leopold Godowski: Symphonic Metamorphosis On Themes By Johann Strauss No. 1 Künstlerleben
  25. Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Nocturne In B Flat Major, Op. 16 No. 4
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