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Czeslaw Marek: Piano Works / Marie-Catherine Girod, piano

Audio Samples

>Marek, Czeslaw : Tryptique for piano, Op. 8
>Marek, Czeslaw : Two Meditations for piano, Op. 10
>Marek, Czeslaw : Ballad for piano, Op.7
>Marek, Czeslaw : Pieces (2) for piano, Op.4
>Marek, Czeslaw : Twelve Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Choral for piano in D minor, Op. 11/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Allegro for piano in D major, Op. 11/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Echos de la jeunesse, suite for piano, Op. 9
>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Valse for piano
>Marek, Czeslaw : Sarabande & Toccata for piano, Op.27
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 1 in G major, Op. 29/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 2 in A major, Op. 29/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 29/3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 35/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 2 in G major, Op. 35/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 1 in E flat major, Op. 39/1 (Waltz)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 2 in F major, Op. 39/2 (Foxtrot)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 3 in F major, Op. 39/3 (Slow fox)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Chant varie after Chopin-Liszt, for piano
>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite for piano, Op. 40

Album Summary

>Marek, Czeslaw : Tryptique for piano, Op. 8
>Marek, Czeslaw : Two Meditations for piano, Op. 10
>Marek, Czeslaw : Ballad for piano, Op.7
>Marek, Czeslaw : Pieces (2) for piano, Op.4
>Marek, Czeslaw : Twelve Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Choral for piano in D minor, Op. 11/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Allegro for piano in D major, Op. 11/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Echos de la jeunesse, suite for piano, Op. 9
>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Valse for piano
>Marek, Czeslaw : Sarabande & Toccata for piano, Op.27
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 1 in G major, Op. 29/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 2 in A major, Op. 29/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 29/3
>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 35/1
>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 2 in G major, Op. 35/2
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 1 in E flat major, Op. 39/1 (Waltz)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 2 in F major, Op. 39/2 (Foxtrot)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 3 in F major, Op. 39/3 (Slow fox)
>Marek, Czeslaw : Chant varie after Chopin-Liszt, for piano
>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite for piano, Op. 40
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Czeslaw Marek (1891-1985) was born in southeast Poland. He studied in Vienna, Berlin and Strausborg. He ended up in Zurich after fleeing Russian troops and lived there for the rest of his life. His compositional activities ended with the Second World War and he turned his complete attention to teaching.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
There are many marvelous pieces on these discs (and also in the orchestral works originally on Koch that Guild hasn't so far reissued) along with, it must added, a fair number of minor items that might be fairly described as superior salon music. The fine 1914 Violin Sonata, like everything here, is beautifully performed and recorded. But if I had to choose the epitome of Marek's achievement, I'd single out his vocal settings. Again and again he wrote for the voice - and instrumental accompaniments for the voice - with divine inspiration. This is apparent all through the two marvelous discs of vocal works, many of them sung by soprano Elzbieta Szmytka, who has a pure, almost childlike voice of angelic sweetness and sadness, ideal for Marek's settings of Polish folk poetry. Of these there are two enchanting 20-minute cycles, both in versions with piano and with orchestral accompaniment: Rural Scenes from 1929, and Village Songs from 1934. 'Pastorale', the second song in Rural Scenes, and 'Na Wojence Dalekiej' (The Far-Away War), the third song in Village Songs, are ravishing in their haunting loveliness: quite simply among the most beautiful vocal works in creation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (1998).



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Works Details

>Marek, Czeslaw : Tryptique for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Two Meditations for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Marek, Czeslaw : Ballad for piano, Op.7
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Pieces (2) for piano, Op.4
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Twelve Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 3
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Choral for piano in D minor, Op. 11/1
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Marek, Czeslaw : Allegro for piano in D major, Op. 11/2
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Marek, Czeslaw : Echos de la jeunesse, suite for piano, Op. 9
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Marek, Czeslaw : Petite Valse for piano
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Marek, Czeslaw : Sarabande & Toccata for piano, Op.27
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 1 in G major, Op. 29/1
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 2 in A major, Op. 29/2
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Marek, Czeslaw : Jazz-Caprice for piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 29/3
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 35/1
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/18/1938

>Marek, Czeslaw : Foxtrot for piano no 2 in G major, Op. 35/2
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/22/1939

>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 1 in E flat major, Op. 39/1 (Waltz)
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 08/05/1939

>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 2 in F major, Op. 39/2 (Foxtrot)
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/09/1940

>Marek, Czeslaw : Dance for piano no 3 in F major, Op. 39/3 (Slow fox)
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/09/1941

>Marek, Czeslaw : Chant varié after Chopin-Liszt, for piano
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Marek, Czeslaw : Suite for piano, Op. 40
  • Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958