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Paderewski: Piano Sonata, etc / Jonathan Plowright

Album Summary

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 21
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Variations & Fugue, for piano in A minor, Op. 11
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Variations & Fugue on an original theme, for piano in E flat minor, Op. 23
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Nearly 150 years after the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, his legacy is still limited to that of an itinerant piano virtuoso. Perhaps it is time for a re-consideration of his impressive accomplishments as a composer, for which the works on this disc make the strongest case possible. The brilliant Jonathan Plowright is the ideal champion for this music - a keen advocate of the Polish Romantic repertoire, possessed of the highest standards of technique and interpretation.

'Jonathan Plowright shines a powerful light on Paderewski ... You have a pianist clearly in love with every bar of Paderewski's romantic rhetoric and it would be hard to imagine playing of greater sympathy or a more intimidating visceral strength and cogency. A pianist who excels in music's darker undercurrents and declamations, he clears every daunting hurdle with awe-inspiring ease, making a formidable case for one of music's neglected byways. Finely presented and recorded, this is a valuable and surprising issue' (Gramophone)

'A distinctive and distinguished melodic voice shines through ... Everywhere there is always a strong sense of forward momentum ... In Jonathan Plowright these works have a near-ideal interpreter. Not only does he negotiate Paderewski's dizzying virtuoso demands with evident ease, but also his ability to bring an almost string-like tone to the more lyrical passages constantly fascinates in this excellent recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

'All three works provide the listener with an incredible musical journey; a kaleidoscope of pianistic ideas with fleeting echoes of Rachmaninov, Brahms, Debussy, and even elements of earlier music with its elegance and trills, yet in no way derivative. The playing is world-class; understated virtuosity at its best. Plowright easily integrates all the difficult elements - and Paderewski described the Op.23 Variations as his best and most difficult work - into the musical lines as if they don't exist' (Classic FM Magazine)

'It's all dense music, highly wrought, and Jonathan Plowright plays it quite superbly, with an enviable range of keyboard colour' (The Guardian)

'... A pianist who clearly believes in the music, who has studied it with appreciation and insight. Jonathan Plowright fits the bill admirably - and he has the technical wherewithal to do it justice. He unfolds the extended Fugue of Opus 23 imperiously; here the astringency of Paderewski's conception perfectly caps what has gone before. This is fascinating music impressively performed, recorded and annotated - and cannot be recommended too highly' (ClassicalSource.com)

'The music is by turns lyrical, tender, propulsive and bizarre ... Plowright, who has made lesser-known composers a specialty ... performs with conviction and panache. He gives Paderewski his due, revealing the seriousness of purpose, the lighthearted charm and a penchant for self-indulgence' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'Jonathan Plowright semble avoir parfaitement saisi que l'esprit qui y souffle est celui de la musique et non du simple piano. Il leur donne une unité, une densité qui méritent l'admiration, soulignant l'envergure et l'humilité d'un compositeur à redécouvrir vraiment' (Diapason)

The Independent on Sunday
The tone is dreamy at times (Józef Wienawski's "Etude"), at others briskly unsentimental (Martinu's "Mazurka").



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Works Details

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 21
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (12/01/2006-12/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Variations & Fugue, for piano in A minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (12/01/2006-12/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1882

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Variations & Fugue on an original theme, for piano in E flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (12/01/2006-12/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903