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Moniuszko: Opera Songs For Piano

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Moniuszko: Opera Songs For Piano
Moniuszko: Opera Songs For Piano


A traveller using Stanis 928;aw Moniuszko Central Train Station in Warsaw might wonder who he was a political hero? A famous scientist? Or why not a musician? Besides its Chopin Airport (like Budapest with its Liszt Airport and Salzburg with its Mozart Airport), Warsaw honours the memory of the great Stanis 928;aw Moniuszko (18191872). Almost unknown outside Poland, this extraordinary composer, pianist and organist wrote mainly operas, operettas, masses and about 360 Lieder, but also a few piano pieces and two string quartets, not to mention a treatise on harmony. Internationally renowned pianist Cyprien Katsaris says of this recording: "Although his piano output is small in quantity, the quality of each pieceall of them exquisite miniaturesis wonderful: we are dealing here with pure gems. Like many composers, Moniuszko was of course influenced by others, such as Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn etc, however, he found his own language. With regard to the various transcriptions and fantasies on Lieder and operas by several composers presented here, it is interesting to note that Moniuszko himself transcribed two mazurkas from his operas The HauntedManor and Halka. Personally, I am convinced that the music of Moniuszko, especially some pieces such as the Kozak, the dumkas and the Nocturne ...if played as encores worldwide, could become international hits and help to spread the name of this great Polish genius." - Cyprien Katsaris


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  2. STANISLAW MONIUSZKO: Mazur In E Flat Major From The Opera Halka
  3. Polonaise In D Major From The Opera Halka
  4. JOZEF NOWAKOWSKI: Fantaisie Sur LOpéra Based On Opera Halka By Stanis 928;aw Moniuszko, Op. 51
  5. STANISLAW MONIUSZKO: Villanella In B Flat Major
  6. Spring Polka In F Major
  7. Nocturne In A Flat Major
  8. Villanella In D Flat Major
  9. Trifle In A Major
  10. Trifle In B Flat Major
  11. Trifle In C Major
  12. Trifle In G Major
  13. Mazurka In D Major
  14. The Spinner
  15. LAlouette, Op. 2
  16. Polonaise In E Flat Major
  17. Daniel Polka In A Major
  18. Waltz In E Flat Minor
  19. Zosias Dumka From The Opera The Raftsman
  20. Le Cosaque
  21. Dumka D-moll
  22. Dumka
  23. Une Fleur
  24. Connais-tu Le Pays?
  25. Chant Du Soir, Op. 64
  26. Mazur In A Minor From The Opera The Haunted Manor
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