DO­BRZYN­SKI: MON­BAR OVER­TURE; PI­ANO CON­CERTO; SYM­PHONY NO 2

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Emil­ian Mladey (pi­ano), Pol­ish Ra­dio SO/Lukasz Borow­icz

Chandos CHAN 10778 (2) (2 CDs) Ig­nacy Fe­liks Do­brzyn­ski (1807-67) was a con­tem­po­rary of Chopin who spent his life in Poland, where he strug­gled with the lim­i­ta­tions of mu­si­cal life in War­saw. His style is less ad­ven­tur­ous than Chopin’s, the in­flu­ence of John Field loom­ing large in the teenage Pi­ano Con­certo, and fierier ele­ments from We­ber in the over­ture to his opera Mon­bar. His Sec­ond Sym­phony, writ­ten in 1834 and re­vised in 1862, has each of its four move­ments con­nected to a Pol­ish dance, and this record­ing in­cludes an ex­tra in the form of slow move­ment that was re­jected for the fi­nal ver­sion. The mu­sic may not all be first-rate, but the per­for­mances are, cap­tur­ing both the pas­sion and charm of this lit­tle-known com­poser. url.ie/f1f2

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