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My Polish Diary - music of Chopin, Zarebski, Szymanowski, Paderewski, Lutoslawski / Kiryl Keduk, piano

Audio Samples

>Chopin, Frédéric : Variations for Piano in B flat major on a theme from Hérold's "Ludovic", B 80/Op. 12
>Zarebski, Juliusz : Les roses et les epines, Op 13
>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Caprice a la Scarlatti, humoresque de concert for piano, Op. 14/3 (from "Humoresques de concert")
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Nocturne for piano in B flat major, Op. 16/4
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Etudes (2) for piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Variations for Piano in B flat major on a theme from Hérold's "Ludovic", B 80/Op. 12
>Zarebski, Juliusz : Les roses et les epines, Op 13
>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Caprice a la Scarlatti, humoresque de concert for piano, Op. 14/3 (from "Humoresques de concert")
>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Nocturne for piano in B flat major, Op. 16/4
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Etudes (2) for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"My Polish Diary" represents the personal musical journey of emerging pianist Kiryl Keduk. In this, his debut CD, he offers a fascinating and well-chosen program of highly worthwhile, yet rarely heard works by five Polish composers of the Romantic era and the twentieth century: Chopin, Zarebski, Szymanowski, Paderewski, and Lutoslawski.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
This collection of music by Polish composers reflects Keduk's Polish heritage, both nationally and musically, leaning towards seldom recorded works. Beginning with a relatively unfamiliar early work by Chopin, the exemplar of Polish composers, Keduk performs the stately Variations Brillantes with great fluidity and freedom. Keduk infuses it with depth and elegance. The Roses and the Thorns evokes Liszt and presages impressionism with a range of advanced harmonies, approaching a programmatic turn. Keduk's playing is colorful and sensitive, marking every contrast in this often turbulent music. He takes the same variety into Szymanowski's Masques - richly allusive, complex pieces - and again into the more tonal, polyphonic Nocturne. The record ends with two modern virtuosic "study" etudes by Lutoslawski. Keduk's vigorous attack of these pieces is a technical achievement. This is a thoughtful, admirable, and enjoyable assortment that illustrates the rich musical tradition of Poland and offers other pianists the seed for further exploration.



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Variations for Piano in B flat major on a theme from Hérold's "Ludovic", B 80/Op. 12
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Zarebski, Juliusz : Les roses et les épines, Op 13
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Szymanowski, Karol : Masques (3) for piano, Op. 34, M35
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Caprice à la Scarlatti, humoresque de concert for piano, Op. 14/3 (from "Humoresques de concert")
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Paderewski, Ignace J. : Nocturne for piano in B flat major, Op. 16/4
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Etudes (2) for piano
  • Performer: Kiryl Keduk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1941