5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, Oct. 29 2003
The Pianist is a hugely enjoyable CD, containing beautifully expressive Chopin pieces and a wonderful clarinet solo.
Janusz Olejniczak offers deeply felt renditions of Chopin's music, best among them the Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Ballade No.1 in G-minor, Op.23, Grande Polonaise, and the Nocturne in C-minor. The music rings of genuine thought and feeling--it is a joy listening to Olejniczak play.
As this is a soundtrack to the movie about the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, the CD fittingly includes a 1948 recording of Szpilman playing Chopin's Mazurka in A-minor, Op.17 No.4, a soft little gem that adds to the CD's already immeasurable value.
Wojciech Kilar's gentle and expressive composition, Moving to the Ghetto Oct.31 1940, is expertly played by Hanna Wolczeska. This is an excellent composition, because not only is it an intrinsically fine song, but it is also written for clarinet.
I highly recommend this CD.