IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI (1860-1941): Complete Songs - 4 piesni, Op. 7, Lily of the Valley, 6 piesni, Op. 18, Dans la forêt, 12 mélodies sur des poésies de Catulle Mendès, Op. 22.
Catalogue Number: 12J075
Description: The Polish songs are in the tradition of Chopin and Moniuszko, simple, rather salon-like settings where smooth melodic flow helps bring out the literary content. Dating from 1903, the Mendès cycle, in which sadness, tragedy and a sense of loss predominate, was the first large-scale collection of songs by a Polish composer on foreign texts. Paderewski's rich harmonies and deep feeling for the subjects produced a deeply touching and expressive set of (almost) minature tone-poems-with-words. Polish-English and French-Polish texts. Anna Radziejewska (mezzo), Mariusz Rutkowski (piano).