Published on May 1, 2013
op. 74 (posth.) songs:
0:00 - Zycenie (The Maiden's Wish)
1:58- Wiosna (Spring)
4:03- Smutna rzeka (Troubled Waters)
7:02- Hulanka (Drinking Song)
9:22- Gdzie lubi (There Where She Loves)
10:38- Precz z moich oczu! (Out of My Sight!)
14:07- Posel (The Messenger)
17:17- Sliczny chlopiec (My Beloved)
20:44- Z gor, gdzie dzwigali (Bowed 'neath Their Crosses)
23:25- Wojak (The Warrior)
26:11- Dwojaki koniec (The Lovers)
28:36- Moja pieszczotka (My Enchantress)
30:39- Nie ma czergo trzeba (Faded and Vanished)
35:43- Pierscien (The Ring)
38:14- Narzeczony (The Bridegroom's Return)
40:32- Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian Song)
42:47- Spiew z mogily- Leci liscie z drzewa (Poland's Dirge)
47:55- Czary (Witchcraft)
50:47- Dumka (Sorrow)
N.B.- Dumka (Sorrow) is an earlier version of Nie ma czergo trzeba (Faded and Vanished).
Many people are unaware of the fact that Chopin wrote a number of songs for solo voice and piano accompaniment based on Polish texts. There are a total of nineteen known songs, written at various points throghout Chopin's life. They are often published together as "op. 74". They are not often performed, and, like his chamber pieces, overshadowed by his more famous solo piano pieces. Franz Liszt unsurprisingly made solo piano arrangements of six of Chopin's songs.
This particular recording was made by Nelson Goerner on an 1848 Pleyel piano, in collaboration with soparno Aleksandra Kurzak and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien. It comes from a box set entitled "The Real Chopin". Compiled by a Polish record label in 2010 to commemorate the great composer's bicentennial, the box set includes recordings (often multiple recordings of the same piece) of his entire works done on authentic period instruments. The recording quality is tremendous, and the playing is spectacular as well. Hearing Chopin played this way really casts his music in a different light. My personal opinion is that recordings on modern instruments are equally as legitimate, but it's incredible to hear the music the way Chopin himself would have in his day.
This recording may be purchased on amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/d5olktv
Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy!