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The history of pianists playing Chopin is rich with names such as Horowitz, Askenazy, Pollini, Ohlsson, Rubenstein, Rachmaninoff, Argerich, Pogorelich, Zimmerman, Cortot, and Arrau. And yet one name, usually neglected or forgotten by the classical listener, is Adam Harasiewicz (b.1932). The pianist, legendary in his native country of Poland and across Europe, won the prestigious and lofty First Prize in the 1955 International Chopin Competition, beating both Vladimir Askenazy and Fou Ts'ong - highly regarded pianists themselves. From his victory to the present, Harasiewicz has dedicated his professional career to playing the music of Chopin, even playing before the UN in 1960 to inaugurate the Year of Chopin (the 150th anniversary of the composer's birthday). Continue: http://inkpot.com/classical/harasiewicz.html

Nocturne Op.15, No.2

Harasiewicz plays Chopin Nocturne op.48 no.1. Op. 48 consists of two nocturnes composed in 1841 and published the following year in 1842, dedicated to Mlle. Laure Duperré. No.1 in C minor has widely been perceived as one of Chopin's greatest emotional achievements. T. Kullak's description of the piece was "the design and poetic contents of this nocturne make it the most important one that Chopin created; the chief subject is a masterly expression of a great powerful grief."

Nocturne in E major Op 62 No 2 (audio)

Nocturne No.2 in E flat major, op.9 no.2, composed cca. 1830, first publised in 1833, dedicated to the famous pianist Mme. Camille Pleyel, with whom several noted musicians of the day, including Berlioz and Liszt, fell in love.

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