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Karol Szymanowski: Masques; Métopes; Études, Opp. 4 & 33 / Cédric Tiberghien, piano

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>Szymanowski, Karol : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34
>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
>Szymanowski, Karol : Etude, op.4 no 3
>Szymanowski, Karol : Métopes (3), Op. 29

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34
>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
>Szymanowski, Karol : Etude, op.4 no 3
>Szymanowski, Karol : Métopes (3), Op. 29
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Notes & Reviews:

Cédric Tiberghien's first solo recording for Hyperion explores the sensual, crepuscular sound-world of Szymanowski's piano music. Tiberghien's expressive, mercurial, quicksilver playing, with its extraordinary pianissimos and kaleidoscopic range of color, makes him an ideal performer of this repertoire. Szymanowski's most celebrated works have been recorded here. The four early Études include the popular Andante in modo d'una canzone, a sorrowful song above slow repeated chords. The rest of the (later) works show the maturing of Szymanowski's unique piano style and in particular the salutary influence of Ravel's and Debussy's weightless, diaphanous textures.

The Times, 7th February 2014
This kaleidoscopic, richly perfumed music requires an extremely delicate touch and an ability to dart over all parts of the keyboard at the same time...the notes' liquid flow made my jaw drop and my knees give way. Be prepared: Szymanowski in Tiberghien's hands is a very potent drug indeed.

The Guardian, 6th February 2014
It's Tiberghien's performances of those two sets [of Etudes], especially Op 33, which he delivers in a single irresistible sweep, that makes the disc valuable; his accounts of Masques and Métopes are very accomplished, too.

Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014
The Polish composer (1882 - 1937) has always found champions among his compatriot...Yet this young Frenchman proves a persuasive advocate for a representative selection of his piano work.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
One can have no reservations about Cédric Tiberghien's playing throughout this absorbing disc. His quite extraordinary tonal palette and acute observation of the composer's fastidious motation are beyond reproach, a masterclass in refined virtuosity.

New York Times, 26th February 2014
Tiberghien offers a colorful, virtuosic traversal through some of Szymanowski's rhapsodic piano scores, including the characterful, fiery études and the more languid Métopes.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Few players of this music combine quite such clarity and articulation with shimmering sparkle and virtuosic flair: this is sophisticated pianist...You will be left either wanting to listen again, or craving to hear another instalment from Tiberghien.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/2013-03/12/2013).



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>Szymanowski, Karol : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34
  • Performer: Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/2013-03/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
  • Performer: Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/2013-03/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Szymanowski, Karol : Etude, op.4 no 3
  • Performer: Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/2013-03/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1902

>Szymanowski, Karol : Métopes (3), Op. 29
  • Performer: Cedric Tiberghien (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/10/2013-03/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915