Solo Piano Recital by Jonathan Plowright
Sunday 11th November 2007, "Three Giants of Poland's Romantic Tradition" - National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Shaw Room), 3.30 p.m.
International virtuoso Jonathan Plowright played solo piano works by Polish Romantic composers Chopin, Paderewski and Stojowski.
Proceeds were in aid of the Irish children's charity Barnardos.
Programme (note: highlighted items now available on YouTube)
This is what Jonathan Plowright said about the programme which he chose for the Polish Independence Day concert in Dublin:
“The programme is representative of the styles of three Romantic Polish musicians of contrasting lives and fortunes. Chopin is Poland's most famous composer; Paderewski was world famous as a virtuoso pianist and statesman/humanitarian; whereas – in contrast – Stojowski, who was known mostly as a famous piano professor at what later became the Juilliard, has been totally forgotten since... largely due to changing fashions and trends in music in the middle of the 20th century.
“All three are linked artistically, as Paderewski's performances of Chopin were legendary. Paderewski was Stojowski's mentor but later they became great friends, with Paderewski playing much of Stojowski's music - in fact he championed the 'Chant d'Amour' which as a result became Stojowski's most well known piece (this is the first piece of the Op26)”.