Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ Concert Tours in Germany 1958-1971 ∙ 2CD


Halina Czerny-Stefańska initiated her piano education at the age of five under the guidance of her father. Subsequently, she studied with Alfred Cortot, assisted by Gabrielle Giraud-Latarse. Later on, she received instruction from Józef Turczyński, a renowned Polish specialist in Chopin’s music, and from 1946, Zbigniew Drzewiecki. Czerny-Stefańska gained recognition in 1949 when she achieved a shared first prize with Bella Davidovich at the inaugural post-war International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. This accolade led to numerous engagements in Europe’s prominent musical hubs as well as in the United States, Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, and South America. Particularly, she garnered significant popularity in the German Democratic Republic, where she frequently performed in concerts and appeared as a frequent guest on GDR radio “Rundfunk der DDR”. Her illustrious career came to a close with two public performances: the first on March 8, 2001, in Warsaw, followed by another on the subsequent day in Pruszków. A few months later, she passed away in her hometown at the age of 78.

Meloclassic would like to thank Elżbieta Stefańska, the daughter of Halina Czerny-Stefańska, for her invaluable support in the production of this release and for contributing rare photographs that are included in this release.

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HALINA CZERNY-STEFAŃSKA Concert Tours in Germany 1958-1971

CD 1

LISZT: Piano Concerto No 1 in E-flat Major, HS 124
Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ piano
Staatskapelle Berlin
Heinz Fricke ∙ conductor

Recorded · 03 June 1964 · Berlin · Staatsoper · Unter den Linden · Rundfunk der DDR · Radio Studio Recording

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 16
Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ piano
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Otakar Trhlik ∙ conductor

Recorded · 07-08 April 1962 · Berlin · Funkhaus Nalepastraße · Rundfunk der DDR · Radio Studio Recording

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25
Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ piano
NDR Sinfonieorchester
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt ∙ conductor

Recorded · 24-25 February 1963 · Hamburg · Musikhalle · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

CHOPIN: Nocturne in E Minor, Op 72, No 1
CHOPIN: Waltz in B Minor, Op 69, No 2
CHOPIN: Prelude in A-flat Major, Op 28, No 17

Recorded · 25 September 1958 · Hannover · Landesfunkhaus · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

CD 2

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No 1 in E Minor, Op 11
Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ piano
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rolf Kleinert ∙ conductor

Recorded · 04-05 February 1971 · Berlin · Funkhaus Nalepastraße · Rundfunk der DDR · Radio Studio Recording

RAMEAU: Sarabande
RAMEAU: Gavotte
RAMEAU: Tambourin
RAMEAU: Le Rappel des Oiseaux
RAMEAU: Les tendres plaintes
RAMEAU: Menuet
RAMEAU: La Poule
SCARLATTI: Sonata in D Minor, K 9, L 413
SCARLATTI: Sonata in D Major, K 430, L 463
SCARLATTI: Sonata in C Major, K 159, L 104

Recorded · 27 February 1963 · Hamburg · Studio · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1060
UPC barcode: 791154050828
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 79:01 CD1 ∙ 74:26 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2021 Meloclassic

July 2022 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Halina Czerny-Stefańska ∙ Concert Tours in Germany 1958-1971
Chopin’s First Concerto with Czerny-Stefańska include a 1971 version with the Berlin RSO under Rolf Kleinert, recently released by Meloclassic. Here as before, poise and elastic phrasing are prominent virtues. The same desirable double-pack also includes dramatic accounts of Liszt’s E flat Concerto from 1964 (Heinz Fricke), Grieg’s A minor from 1962 (Otakar Trhlik) and Mendelssohn’s G minor from 1963 (Hans Schmidt-lsserstedt). The deal is completed, with stylishly performed solo pieces by Chopin, Rameau, Scarlatti and Roman Maciejewski.
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