Polish pianist, composer, politician and philanthropist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in Kuryłówka on 6 November 1860.
He had an extraordinarily successful multiple career, which included acting as Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs (in which capacity he signed the Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I), Prime Minister of Poland and Chief of the National Council of Poland. His musical accomplishments included supporting new composers.
CD Spotlight. Flowing Melodies - Romantic music for piano and orchestra by Jerzy Gablenz and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... full of bouncy energy, exuberant flair and spectacular pianism ...'
Classical music news. Stanisław Moniuszko Competition - The deadline for applications to take part in a new Polish music competition is 23 June 2019
CD Spotlight. Compelling and Pleasurable - Arthur Friedheim plays Liszt, Chopin, Gottschalk and Henselt, heard by Patric Standford. '... a slightly improvisatory interpretation ...'
An Ever-Active Hive - Robert Anderson examines the latest score from Acuta Music
CD Spotlight. Spellbinding Artistry - Jonathan Plowright plays Chopin, recommended by Howard Smith. '... positively hair-raising.'
The Pianist as Elocutionist - Gordon Rumson airs his issues on the art-form as part of a book-length study
A Touch of Authenticity - A recital by Karolina Marchlewska, reviewed by Tau Wey
Ensemble. Luminous display - Jung Lin returns to Lincoln Center, reviewed by Anna Franco
CD Spotlight. Fire and brimstone? - Fabio Grasso plays Rubinstein, and Gordon Rumson raises some serious issues. '... great elan and vibrancy.'