Chopin: Complete Mazurkas, Vol. 1 / Jablonski

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Internationally acclaimed Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski is known as a fervent champion of Polish music. In this album Jablonski returns to some of his dearest piano music – Chopin’s Mazurkas. For Chopin, the Mazurkas became a deeply personal, intimate statement of his feelings as an émigré Polish composer living in Paris. From some of his very first compositions to his last, it is the only form that Chopin composed regularly throughout his life. Similarly, Chopin’s Mazurkas have followed Peter Jablonski throughout his entire career as a pianist in nearly every solo recital.

REVIEW:

Peter Jablonski is no stranger to Chopin’s Mazurkas, having recorded the Opp 6, 24, 50 and 68 groups in 2008. He’s now setting down the complete Chopin Mazurkas for Ondine.

This first volume reveals an authoritative, idiomatic, and individual stylist. He’s generally an epic, large-scale player who favors a wide range of dynamics and articulations. He can be yieldingly lyrical, yet he’s not afraid to get dirt underneath his fingernails.

He playfully inflects the cross-rhythmic phrases in the central section of the B flat Op 17 No 1. While he takes his time over the A minor Op 17 No 4’s decorative tracery, his grounded tempo is fluid and flexible.

Each of Op 30 No 2’s echoed phrases has its own character and color, words that succinctly describe Jablonski’s edgy way with No 3. The tension and release of No 4’s trills wouldn’t be out of place in Scriabin. Op 33 No 2 is not especially fast yet it still conveys boisterous lilt, and with very little sustain pedal for the most part. Jablonski’s effectively understated Op 33 No 3 sets the stage for a strikingly contrasted and personalised B minor No 4. An angular, questioning take on the short and swift B major Mazurka stands out in the well-played Op 41 group.

Needless to say, I look forward to this excellently engineered and annotated release’s follow-up volume.

-- Gramophone (Jed Distler)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 07, 2022


  • Catalog Number: ODE 1412-2


  • UPC: 761195141229


  • Label: Ondine


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Frederic Chopin


  • Performer: Peter Jablonski



Works:


  1. Mazurkas (4), Op. 6

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  2. Mazurkas (5), Op. 7

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  3. Mazurkas (4), Op. 17

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  4. Mazurkas (4), Op. 24

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  5. Mazurkas (4), Op. 30

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  6. Mazurkas (4), Op. 33

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)


  7. Mazurkas (4), Op. 41

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (Piano)