Szymanowski: Piano Music
Karol Szymanowski: 9 Preludes, Op. 1 (1899–1900); Prelude in C sharp minor (1899–1900); 4 Etudes, Op. 4 (1900–1902); Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor; Variations on a Polish Folk Theme in B minor, Op. 10
Marek Szlezer, piano
DUX 1367 (Int’l release date: October 2018, via Naxos)
Marek Szlezer is an artist valued both in Poland and abroad, awarded many times at renowned international and national competitions, performing in many prestigious concert halls around the world. Recording early pieces by Karol Szymanowski, as presented on this album, has been his dream for many years. He saw in these works more than just the “youthful style” of the composer, which was belittled by many. Each of these pieces is a finite work for the pianist, the fulfillment of a certain idea, an emanation of the unusual personality and sensitivity of their creator. The unique beauty of this music is amazing, the power of youthful expression, sophistication of the means, the ability to diversify tension and create a thrilling expressive climate knock one down.
Szlezer is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique A. Cortot in Paris, and the Academy of Music in Krakow. He is an active performer of modern music, and has premiered numerous modern compositions written especially for him. Szlezer often performs as a member of the Cracow Duo, as well as other highly regarded Polish ensembles.