I recently discovered a marvellous piano recital CD by an excellent pianist previously unknown to me. Come Dance With Me, played by Katarzyna Musial, includes early 20th century works by a diverse range of composers, some known to me, some I had heard of and some which are new to me. So in a way, this is a CD of unknowns.
Admittedly, the only piece that I was previously familiar with was Gershwin's Prelude. When I encounter new repertoire, I always listen a few times before making up my mind. In this case, the playing is so compelling that after two hearings I was completely hooked. What particularly strikes me is Ms. Musial's ability to execute the thunderous roars of the piano, contrasted with moments of exquisite lyrical beauty. She evokes a range of colours and emotions from the piano which one rarely hears. The repertoire on this CD is not always easy, but Ms. Musial (I've often typed Ms. Musical) manages to make these works extremely approachable and likeable through her carefully judged tempos and precision in executing the pulsating dance rhythms, which appear throughout this CD.
This CD proves once again that many undiscovered classical music gems exist. Thankfully a number of them are expertly unearthed here.
If you need any more convincing, take a look at a youTube video of Katarzyna Musial playing the 3rd of Ginastera's Argentine Dances, Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy, which is also the 3rd track on this CD.
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