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By Anna Radziejewska, Duo Granat, Elzbieta Guzek, Elzbieta Wiedner-Zajac, Jerzy Dybal, Kevin Kenner, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski, Marek Mizera, Mariusz Rutkowski, Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk, Pawel Skaluba, Waldemar Malicki, and Wojciech Cze. By Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Classical. CD. Dux Records #DUX1300-1301. Published by Dux Records (NX.DUX1300-1301).
Item Number: NX.DUX1300-1301
Ignacy Jan Paderewski occupies a prominent place in the history of Polish music. An exceptional composer, gifted with outstanding pianistic talent and performer's charisma; at the same time a politician, statesman, a man of great class, concentrating all his energy and abilities to serve the values that he considered the most important: Poland, freedom, and art. The composer was born in Kurylowka in Podole in 1860. He originated from a family of broad horizons and high culture, open to the world, and at the same time appreciating family values. He played piano from childhood, and was soon recognized as a bold virtuoso. The output presented to us by Paderewski as a composer, while varied and rich, leaves us with a feeling of some dissatisfaction. At a given moment the artist left composer's work for the benefit of his pianistic career, as well as for the service of Poland and the society.