Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Today (Oct. 6) is his 130th birthday.
Rafał Blechacz plays minuet from the Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor.
Minuet from Szymanowski's piano sonata in C minor
"...My story of Szymanowski music started relatively early. I was 11 or 12 years old I remember I attended the concert by Polish pianist Jerzy Godziszewski **. And I was absolutely delighted by the Szymanowski music. I remember everything sounded so beautiful, heart-breakingly beautiful, especially harmony, wonderful modulations, melodies, and I really wanted to play Szymanowski’s music…I chose 'Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor' and 'the first Sonata opus 8',..."
"... Szymanowski was quite young and he was absolutely fascinated by expressionist music like Scriabin. We can hear typical atmosphere of expressionism...The first sonata opus 8, the 3rd movement is a kind of minuet, which proves that a classical thinking, approach was very close to Szymanowski,…and it’s very optimistic piece and especially the middle part in this minuet is very interesting, a lot of polyphonies..."
Comprehensive website of Karol Szymanowski
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 9:
I. Allegro moderato (Patetico)
Written in 1904.
David Oistrakh, violin
Vladimir Yampolsky, piano
Recorded in 1954.