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Frederic Chopin

Janina Fialkowska

Complete Mazurkas

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  • Type CD
  • Label Atma Classique
  • UPC 0722056268226
  • Catalog number ACD 22682
  • Release date 29 August 14

About the album

Unlike his close contemporaries Schumann and Liszt, Chopin was not prone to putting his innermost thoughts and emotions on display for general public consumption; doing so was aesthetically alien to his nature. Not for him were the conflicts of Florestan and Eusebius, so eloquently portrayed in the troubled Schumann’s compositions, or the Faustian dilemma ever-present in Liszt’s outpourings. No, Chopin kept his feelings close to his heart and most definitely not on his sleeve. He was only reluctantly a participant in the Romantic Era, but in spite of his personal reticence, the feelings of this tragic genius eventually found their way into his compositions, and nowhere more so than in his mazurkas.

Through the mazurkas the essence of Chopin is revealed.  In these compositions we find him at his most original and daring, and in them he ranges over the widest possible spectrum of emotion and pianistic color. Chopin did not invent the mazurka. A 16th-century peasant dance originating in the province of Mazowsze in Poland and accompanied usually by the dudy (a bagpipe), the mazurka had a delightfully syncopated rhythm in 3/4 time and could be either sung o  danced. Originally, mazurkas comprised three kinds of folk dance: the fast accented oberek, the elusive kujawiak (the predecessor of what we know as mazurka form), and the mazur, filled with Slavic sentiment and zal— a unique Polish word describing nostalgia verging on despair.

By the early 19th century, the mazurka dance form had spread across Europe, reaching both Paris —
where it was much appreciated by the aristocracy—and England. 

The great French composer Hector Berlioz, after hearing his friend Chopin play some of his mazurkas wrote the following:
“There are unbelievable details in his mazurkas and he has found how to render them doubly interesting by playing them with the utmost degree of softness, piano in the extreme, the hammers merely brushing the strings, so much so that one is tempted to go close to the instrument and put one’s ear to it as if to a concert of sylphs or elves”

The legendary Arthur Rubinstein called Janina Fiakowlska “a born Chopin interpreter.”  On this recording, she returns with a two CD set devoted to the complete mazurkas of Frédéric Chopin.

This recording by one of the world’s great Chopin interpreters at the culmination of her long and celebrated career will be a milestone for music lovers, and especially for connoisseurs of Chopin’s works.

Fialkowksa’s 2012 Chopin Recital II recording on ATMA Classique won a prestigious BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Instrumental Recording.

Beloved the world over for her exquisite pianism, Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship and her profound sense of musical integrity. Blending her vast experience with her refreshingly natural approach, "Fialkowska has become an artist of rare distinction as well as retaining all the virtuosity of her youth." (La Presse, Montréal)

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    Mazurka No. 1 in F-sharp minor | en fa dièse mineur | Op. 6, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:45
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    Mazurka No. 2 in C-sharp minor | en do dièse mineur | Op. 6, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:48
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    Mazurka No. 3 in E major | en mi majeur | Op. 6, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:57
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    Mazurka No. 4 in E-flat minor | en mi bémol mineur | Op. 6, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    00:43
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    Mazurka No. 5 in B-flat major | en si bémol majeur | Op. 7, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:25
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    Mazurka No. 6 in A minor | en la mineur | Op. 7, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:49
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    Mazurka No. 7 in F minor | en fa mineur | Op. 7, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:01
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    Mazurka No. 8 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 7, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:11
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    Mazurka No. 9 in C major | en do majeur | Op. 7, No. 5
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    00:37
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    Mazurka No. 10 in B-flat major | en si bémol majeur | Op. 17, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:33
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    Mazurka No. 11 in E minor | en mi mineur | Op. 17, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:03
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    Mazurka No. 12 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 17, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:48
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    Mazurka No. 13 in A minor | en la mineur | Op. 17, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:51
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    Mazurka No. 14 in G minor | en sol mineur | Op. 24, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:57
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    Mazurka No. 15 in C major | en do majeur | Op. 24, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:20
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    Mazurka No. 16 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 24, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:31
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    Mazurka No. 17 in B-flat minor | en si bémol mineur | Op. 24, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:42
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    Mazurka No. 18 in C minor | en do mineur | Op. 30, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:47
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    Mazurka No. 19 in B minor | en si mineur | Op. 30, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:36
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    Mazurka No. 20 in D-flat major | en ré bémol majeur | Op. 30, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:05
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    Mazurka No. 21 in C-sharp minor | en do dièse mineur | Op. 30, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:17
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    Mazurka No. 22 in G sharp minor | en sol dièse mineur | Op. 33, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:48
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    Mazurka No. 23 in D major | en ré majeur | Op. 33, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:37
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    Mazurka No. 24 in C major | en do majeur | Op. 33, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:20
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    Mazurka No. 25 in B minor | en si mineur | Op. 33, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    05:48
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    Mazurka No. 26 in C-sharp Minor | en do dièse mineur | Op. 41, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:26
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    Mazurka No. 27 in E minor | en mi mineur | Op. 41, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:32
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    Mazurka No. 28 in B major | en si majeur | Op. 41, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:16
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    Mazurka No. 29 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 41, No. 4
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:00
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    Mazurka No. 30 in G major | en sol majeur | Op. 50, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:42
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    Mazurka No. 31 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 50, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:38
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    Mazurka No. 32 in C-sharp minor | en do dièse mineur | Op. 50, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    05:24
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    Mazurka No. 33 in B major | en si majeur | Op. 56, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:33
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    Mazurka No. 34 in C major | en do majeur | Op. 56, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:35
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    Mazurka No. 35 in C minor | en do mineur | Op. 56, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    06:32
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    Mazurka No. 36 in A minor | en la mineur | Op. 59, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    04:05
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    Mazurka No. 37 in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. 59, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:44
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    Mazurka No. 38 in F-sharp minor | en fa dièse mineur | Op. 59, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:37
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    Mazurka No. 39 in B major | en si majeur | Op. 63, No. 1
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:27
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    Mazurka No. 40 in F minor | en fa mineur | Op. 63, No. 2
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:57
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    Mazurka No. 41 in C-sharp minor | en do dièse mineur | Op. 63, No. 3
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:15
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    Mazurka in A minor | en la mineur | “A Emile Gaillard”
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:26
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    Mazurka in A minor | en la mineur | “Notre Temps”
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:43
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    Mazurka in B-flat major | en si bémol majeur | Op. Posth., WN 7
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:57
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    Mazurka in G major | en sol majeur | Op. Posth., WN 8
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:34
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    Mazurka in A minor | en la mineur | Op. Posth., 68, No. 2, WN 14
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:00
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    Mazurka in C major | en do majeur | Op. Posth., 68 No. 1, WN 24
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:35
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    Mazurka in F major | en fa majeur | Op. Posth., 68 No. 3, WN 25
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:51
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    Mazurka in G major | en sol majeur | Op. Posth., 67 No. 1, WN 26
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:11
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    Mazurka in B-flat major | en si bémol majeur | Op. Posth., WN 41
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:13
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    Mazurka in A-flat major | en la bémol majeur | Op. Posth., WN 45
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:24
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    Mazurka in C major | en do majeur | Op. Posth., 67, No. 3, WN 48
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    01:36
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    Mazurka in A minor | en la mineur | Op. Posth., 67 No. 4, WN 60
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:14
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    Mazurka in G minor | en sol mineur | Op. Posth., 67 No. 2, WN 64
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    02:10
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    Mazurka in F minor | en fa mineur | Op. Posth., 68 No. 4, WN 65
    Composer: Frederic Chopin
     
    03:27

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Janine Fialkowska opens the parcels from heaven as she calls the Mazurkas with both respect and love, and her well nuanced varied performances have to be considered as an intimate dialogue between her and the composer in heaven.
Pizzicato (Luxenburg)

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