Mazurkas and Etudes best
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the third and last disc of Szymanowski's piano music by Naxos. In fact, I probably would not have bought it if either of the other two discs were at the store, but it has some very cool pieces. The Mazurkas Op. 50 have the quirky dance rhythm that is associated with mazurkas, and a lot of additional twists and turns that make them quite fascinating. The oblique-sounding (but not ugly) harmonies are supposedly characteristic of the folk music that inspired him to write the pieces. The Etudes Op. 33 are very refreshing to hear. They are extremely well crafted pieces, and in an extremely complex harmonic language no less. The twelve pieces alternate between slow and fast but seem linked by some kind of common thread. Little convoluted details appear throughout, and be sure to listen for the ending which defies all expectation. As for the other works.. compared to the earlier mazurkas, the Folk Dances seem less inspired, and Szymanowski's early works (the Prelude and Fugue and Sonata) were obviously written before he fully developed his own style. But overall, the interpretations are good and the disc is well worth the price."
A geniune bargain at any price
an amazon fan | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I always tended to make Szymanowski not much and had little interest in him because the 2 discs I had of his didn't really appeal much to me (and neither did his long name). I recently discovered reviews of some of his piano works and decided to give it a try again. I was simply astounded by this volume and wish I had heard it a long time ago instead of blacklisting him
as of little importance based on my past below average experiences with him. This composer, when it comes to piano, is plain brilliant and has moulded some great composers before him to help him achieve his own astonishing art form. I am rushing to get the three other volumes by Naxos. This composer is a new found treasure!"