Though the piano music of EDWARD WOLFF is almost unknown even to the scholars of his epoch, his works do not appear in the recital programmes and have not been recorded, his name was not entirely unknown to me. Together with my late violinist husband Piotr Janowski we have often performed works of Henryk (Henri) Wieniawski and in his biography the name of his uncle Edward Wolff, appears quite frequently. Nonetheless it was only after I immersed myself in his music that I was able to evaluate its artistic merits.
Choosing the genres to pick for my recording I decided on those that were characteristic to both, Wieniawski and Wolff. Therefore among the selections we’ll find there the polonaises, mazurkas, chansons polonaises, in other words works that would exemplify the Polish tradition. Though the inspirations might be common, there is no similarity of language or stylistic appropriation, for both composers demonstrate their own, highly individual style.
To the selections already mentioned I have added some “pieces de salon” and two works dedicated to Frederic Chopin, to perhaps show a fuller picture of Wolff’s compositional style.
For the pianist, all of the works are quite demanding, as the composer utilizes in them a multitude of virtuosic piano finger-twisters. Not even the charming, sentimental miniatures are spared them! In some works the listener may hear Wolff fascination with Chopin’s piano writing, but in the same time a certain individuality and originality would always be retained.
It is my strong belief that Wolff’s piano music should by all means find its way to the repertory of concert pianists once again.
|1||Grand Allegro de koncert op. 39|
|2-3||Deux Polonaises caractéristiques op. 137|
|Polonaise nr 1|
|Polonaise nr 2|
|4||Chansons Polonaises op. 219|
|5||Chansons Polonaises op. 220
|6||Nocturne en forme de Mazurka op. 45
|7||La Varsovienne. Mazurka nationale op. 102 nr 2
|8-9||Deux Morceaux de Salon op. 95|
publisher: Fundacja im. Piotra Janowskiego
piano: Joanna Maklakiewicz
recording: Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego, 4 i 11 XII 2013
recording co-organizer: Program Drugi PR S.A.
production manager: Lidia Ścierańska
sound director: Piotr Grinholc
mentoring research, editing: Renata Suchowiejko
English – Roman Markowicz
French – Alexandre Dayet
graphic design: Karolina Filip i Artur Jerzy Filip
photographs: Karolina Filip