Scharwenka: Piano Concerto/ Polish National Dances (Borowicz Lukasz/ François Xavier Poizat/ Pozna) (Naxos: 8.572637)
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Polish pianist and composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka was raised in the spirit of European Romanticism, championing the music of Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt, and gaining enormous popularity for his own compositions, which Liszt greatly admired. Scharwenka's fourth and final Piano Concerto (which the composer performed under the direction of Mahler and Stokowski) is a work of genius which stands at the apex of his achievement. The shorter pieces on this album have recently enjoyed renewed popularity, proving the value of Scharwenka's legacy for modern listeners though much of his music remains to be rediscovered. This is the first Scharwenka recording in the Naxos catalogue, and the first recording by young upcoming star pianist Francois Xavier Poizat.
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