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Pianist [Original Score]

  • 1. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
    2. Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
    3. Nocturne for piano No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120
    4. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
    5. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
    6. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209
    7. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
    8. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22: Andante spianato in G major. Tranquillo (Introduction to the Grande Polonaise)
    9. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22: Grande Polonaise in E flat major. Molto allegro
    10. Pianist, film score: Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940, The
    11. Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 87739

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn Timperly; Rafal Paczkowski

    Producers: Stanislaw Dybowski, Marcus Herzog, John Timperly.
    Audio Mixer: John Timperly.
    Liner Note Author: Roman Polanski.
    Recording information: Rzeszow, Warsaw, Poland (??/??/1948-01/05/2002); Warsaw, Poland (??/??/1948-01/05/2002); Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Studio, Warsaw, Poland (??/??/1948-01/05/2002).
    Director Roman Polanski's film The Pianist is based on the memoirs of Polish classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman about his harrowing experiences under the Nazi occupation of Warsaw during World War II. The soundtrack album consists almost entirely of Chopin piano pieces, most of them played by Janusz Olejniczak. Most of those, in turn, are solo performances, although Olejniczak is joined by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tadeusz Strugala, for Grand Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra. The sole non-Chopin track is the excerpt from Wojciech Kilar's score, "Moving to the Ghetto October 31, 1940," a klezmer-like piece running only 1:45 in which Hanna Wolczedska plays clarinet, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic. Appropriately, the album ends with an actual recording by Szpilman of the Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4. ~ William Ruhlmann

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