OSKAR KOLBERG (1814-1890): Piano Works, Vol. 1 - 6 Polonaises, Op. 1, Grande Sonate in E Flat, Op. 3, 6 Kujawiaks, Op. 12.
Catalogue Number: 12S033
Label: Acte Préalable
Description: Known primarily as a folklorist and ethnographer, Kolberg also wrote over 100 piano pieces. He was first to identify the kujawiak as a separate dance from the mazurka, so it’s nice to have six of them here. The polonaises are rather like early Chopin whle the 27-minute sonata is what will really make you prick up your ears: whole segments of it seem to have been modeled on Beethoven’s Pathétique while Slavic elements color its minuet and salon-style style brillant takes over the Rondo militaire finale. Joanna Ławrynowicz (piano).