A Prayer for Poland
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN A Prayer for Poland TROY1429 - Price: $16.99
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Three chamber works for cello and piano performed on period instruments by Brent Wissick and Andrew Willis..

As the performers note, everyone who loves Chopin understands that his Polish roots fired his artistic inspiration. In this recording of three of Chopin’s works involving cello and piano, the cellists he met, the music he heard, the pianos he played, and above all, that mythic love for his homeland are acknowledged. All of these works benefit from the special qualities of the Pleyel piano used for this recording, as well as the gut strings and 19th-century techniques of cello playing used by cellist Brent Wissick. Wissick, noted for his work on period instruments has given concerts on baroque cello and viola da gamba around the world. He is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His colleague, pianist Andrew Willis, has spent several decades exploring the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice. Willis serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Contents:
Frédéric Chopin, composer
Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 3
Brent Wissick, cello, Andrew Williis, 1848 Pleyel piano

Frédéric Chopin, composer
Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Brent Wissick, cello, Andrew Williis, 1848 Pleyel piano

Frédéric Chopin, composer
Trio in G minor, Op. 8
Brent Wissick, cello, Andrew Williis, 1848 Pleyel piano, Richard Luby, violin

Review:
“This is a fantastic CD, distinguished by magnificent performances of these works by three outstanding artists and by a recording of vivid presence and sound quality. Very strongly recommended.” (Fanfare)
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