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CD: Wladyslaw Szpilman Pianista Portret Muzyczny (Set of 5)
This beautiful collection of 5 cds features music played by Wladyslaw Szpilman and spans his musical career. Included are Szpilman's original works as well as the music of Fredryk Chopin, Siergiej Rachmaninow, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Edvard Grie


 
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This beautiful collection of 5 cds features music played by Wladyslaw Szpilman and spans his musical career. Included are Szpilman's original works as well as the music of Fredryk Chopin, Siergiej Rachmaninow, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Edvard Grieg and Cesar Franck all played by Mr. Szpilman.
One of the CD's is dedicated to children's fairy tales with musical excerpts from text written by: Jana Brzechwy, Wandy Chotomskiej and Hanny Januszewskie. This music was intended for but not limited to the young!
Personal photographs of Mr Szpilman with friends and family are shown inside each cd cover.

Władysław Szpilman  (5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish-Jewish pianist, composer, and memoirist. Szpilman is widely known as the protagonist of the Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which is based on his memoir of the same name recounting how he survived the Holocaust. In November 1998 Władysław Szpilman was honoured by the president of Poland with a Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman

And from the blog of Cornish Adrian -  http://cornishadrian.wordpress.com/tag/szpilman/
Thanks to an alert last night from a friend in Warsaw, I was reminded that today marks the centenary of the birth of Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000). Szpilman was well-known in Poland from the 1930s as a fine concert pianist and as a composer of concert music and popular songs, especially after World War II.  He recounted his extraordinary survival of the war in his memoir Śmierć Miasta (Death of a City).  The memoir was republished in English as The Pianist shortly before his death and turned into an award-winning, internationally popular film of the same title by Roman Polański (2002), with Adrien Brody playing the lead role.

I once sat behind the quiet, elderly Szpilman at a concert in Warsaw.  I regret not speaking to him.  Later, I wanted to reproduce the opening page of one of his songs – Jak młode Stare Miasto (Like The Young Old Town, 1951) – in my book Polish Music since Szymanowski (Cambridge, 2005).  But permission was refused by his family as they thought that some of his songs were not representative of his talents (and also perhaps because 1951 was the height of the socialist-realist push in the arts). Yet this hugely popular song had already been released on CD (‘Golden Hits of Socialism’ [!], Intersonus ISO84).  Such is the unpredictability of copyright permission.

In 2000, Polish Radio issued a 5-CD set of Szpilman’s performances and compositions (PRCD 241-245):

• CD 1: 19 songs (1952-91).
• CD 2: Szpilman as pianist – including in his own Concertino (1940), Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1954), Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major (1960) and two pieces by Chopin, including the Nocturne in C# minor (1980) with which he both closed Polish Radio broadcasts in 1939 and reopened them in 1945.
• CD 3: Szpilman as a member of the Warsaw Quintet – piano quintets by Brahms and Schumann (1963-65).
• CD 4: Szpilman with Bronisław Gimpel (who also led the Warsaw Quintet) – violin sonatas by Brahms (no.3), Grieg (no.3) and Franck (1958-65).
• CD 5: songs for children including three extended ‘musical fairytales’ (1962-75).

One of Szpilman’s most popular songs was Czerwony Autobus (The Red Bus, 1952).  The recording on CD 1 above is particularly fine, not least because of its sense of good humour, considerably aided by Szpilman’s own swinging piano.  Search it out if you can.  That recording was made by the best close-harmony male-voice quartet of the time, Chór Czejanda (Czejanda Choir).
Features
  • Boxed Collection of 5 Compact Discs
  • CD 1 - 19 selections
  • Total Time: 79:09
  • CD 2 - 9 selections
  • Total Time: 74:42
  • CD 3 - 11 selections
  • Total Time: 73:50
  • CD 4 - 9 selections
  • Total Time: 67:47
  • CD 5 - 8 selections
  • Total Time: 74:21


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