Paderewski / Gąsieniec / Stolpe

Nowadays, when composers more often use consonance and sound effects that had not been seen before and artists forget about the beauty of the music of past epochs, it is worth considering why is that so. Are there no composers who want and are able to write pieces without reaching for contemporary range of means and techniques? Do performers prefer playing contemporary pieces because it is often possible to hide much more of their own imperfections?

My answer to these questions are works contained on this record. The first one shows that there are works not played by the greatest virtuosos and for reasons quite different than music itself, as Sonata by a great Pole Ignacy Jan Paderewski do not give way to Franck’s or Schumann’s works.

The second work proves that there are still contemporary composers who have not been lost in sonoristic search, and their works are simply beautiful and charming like Disney’s fairy tale music.

The third one though, inclines to discover forgotten music because Antoni Stolpe’s Nocturne never was a Nocturne, but only a piano piece sketch , with no title nor opus. It has become a Nocturne on the violin accompanied by the piano recently, and whether with success please assess by yourselves…

Jacek Ropski Publikacje Paderewski / Gąsieniec / Stolpe

1. Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Sonata for violin and piano op. 13, part I – Allegro con fantasia

2. Mirosław Gąsieniec – Sonata for violin and piano, part I – Andante con moto

3. Antoni Stolpe – Nokturn (arr. Mirosław Gąsieniec)


Paderewski/Gąsieniec/Stolpe. An unforgettable CD. Recorded, not-for-profit by the small publisher Wratislavia Productions, by violinist Jacek Ropski and pianist Mirosław Gąsieniec – artists who cannot be mentioned enough. Meanwhile, this CD is very catchy from its first measures and keeps you breathless until its final track…

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Magdalena Talik

2018-03-12T16:28:18+01:00

Magdalena Talik

Paderewski/Gąsieniec/Stolpe. An unforgettable CD. Recorded, not-for-profit by the small publisher Wratislavia Productions, by violinist Jacek Ropski and pianist Mirosław Gąsieniec – artists who cannot be mentioned enough. Meanwhile, this CD is very catchy from its first measures and keeps you breathless until its final track… Read the entire review