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Marian Filar

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The Polish pianist Marian Filar (1917–2012) was imprisoned during World War II in seven different Nazi concentration camps. After being liberated by the Polish Army he returned to the piano and went to Wiesbaden where he studied with Walter Gieseking for five years and toured all over Europe playing recitals and concerts. During this period (1945–52) he also performed very frequently on German radio programs. Our rare CD release contains major radio recordings from this period.

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MARIAN FILAR plays Chopin and Brahms

1. Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23 [08:34]
2. Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F Major, Op.38 [07:11]
3. Chopin: Polonaise in B flat major, Op.71, No.2 [07:12]
4. Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op.60 [08:31]

Recorded ∙ 19 September 1949 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Altes Funkhaus ∙ Studio VI ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

5. Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31
6. Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A flat major, Op.29

Recorded ∙ 08 July 1952 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

7-18. Chopin: Préludes No.1-12, Op.28 [14:52]
Prélude No. 1 in C major (Agitato) [00:53]
Prélude No. 2 in A minor (Lento) [01:57]
Prélude No. 3 in G major (Vivace) [00:57]
Prélude No. 4 in E minor (Largo) [01:56]
Prélude No. 5 in D major (Allegro molto) [00:37]
Prélude No. 6 in B minor (Lento assai) [02:01]
Prélude No. 7 in A major (Andantino) [00:54]
Prélude No. 8 in F sharp minor (Molto agitato) [01:47]
Prélude No. 9 in E major (Largo) [01:12]
Prélude No. 10 in C sharp minor (Allegro molto) [00:36]
Prélude No. 11 in B major (Vivace) [00:47]
Prélude No. 12 in G sharp minor (Presto) [01:08]
Recorded ∙ 10 July 1952 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

19. Brahms: Intermezzo in B Major, Op.76/4 [05:32]
20. Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118/2 [02:12]
21. Brahms: Intermezzo in C Major, Op.119/3 [01:37]

Recorded ∙ 09 July 1952 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1026
UPC barcode: 791154054024
Recording dates: 1949-1952
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 67:51

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Charles Birnbaum Collection
With special thanks to Charles Patterson, Charles Birnbaum and Beth Levin
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