Piano Concerto in F minor / Mazurkas / Scherzo
Frédéric Chopin

Piano Concerto in F minor / Mazurkas / Scherzo

Andrzej Czajkowski

Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Format: CD
Barcode: 5907690736811
Catalog number: NIFCCD 045
Releasedate: 10-06-16
- a 1955 Chopin Competition recording of a great pianist who deserves to be rediscovered
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s Blue Series, begun in 2010, featured portraits of the most interesting participants in the previous Chopin Competition. Shortly, it will release recordings of the best pianists from this year’s edition of the Competition. However, we would like to expand the series a bit, for the first time recalling exceptional Competition events from years past. Andrzej Czajkowski’s performances at the 1955 Competition definitely numbered among those events. At the time, he won a mere 8th Prize; but a year later, together with Vladimir Ashkenazy, he triumphed in Brussels at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, thereby beginning a brilliant international career.
Such musicians as Artur Rubinstein and Fritz Reiner were fascinated by his personality. Were he still alive day, Andrzej Czajkowski would now be 80 years old; he is presently being rediscovered by the whole world, not only as one of the 20th century’s most interesting pianists, but also as a distinguished composer of, among other works, a Piano Concerto which has been presented at the Chopin and His Europe festival; the opera The Merchant of Venice, which premièred in Bregenz and Warsaw; and many solo and chamber works, including art songs.
With his archival recordings from half a century ago, we recall the first interpretations of a young musician who surprised us with his originality and mastery.
This CD attests to the greatness of Andrzej Czajkowski as a figure in our culture!
The recordings were made during the 5th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw in 1955.
Andre Tchaikowsky (1 Nov 1935-26 June 1982) studied piano with Emma Altberg, Stanisław Szpinalski, Lazare Levy and Stefan Askenase, and composition with Kazimierz Sikorski, Hans Keller and Nadia Boulanger. In 1955 he was admired as the youngest laureate of the Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and a year later won the third prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. Artur Rubinstein, one of the judges, wrote of him that he was one of the best pianists of his generation, and even more than that a wonderful musician. He was in great demand throughout his short life as a solo concert pianist and also played with the world's great orchestras and conductors, performing with them extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Tchaikowsky lived most of his adult life and died in England where he is remembered as an exceptionally gifted pianist and an artistic personality of wit and erudition. Composition was his true vocation, so in his later years Tchaikowsky limited his concert activity to concentrate on writing music. His most important works include: the Shakespearian opera The Merchant of Venice, which premiered in 2013, two piano concertos, two string quartets, Seven Shakespeare Sonnets, a sonata for clarinet and piano, Inventions for Piano and Trio Notturno.