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The Pianist: Music from the Motion Picture

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Roman Polanski's telling of famed Polish composer-pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival in the Nazi-controlled Warsaw ghetto can't help but be infused with the director's deepest passions: he himself escaped the Kraków ghetto as a boy of 7. The musician's status as a musical hero to the oppressed Polish Jews of World War II was surpassed only by that of Chopin, the composer who was at the core of Szpilman's repertoire. Thus this score revolves tightly around Chopin's music, with modern Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak paying passionate homage to both his musical and national forebears, the haunting strains of the Nocturne in C-sharp Minor setting the film's historical and dramatic tone. The underscore of previous Polanski collaborator Wojciech Kilar (The Ninth Gate, Death and the Maiden) is represented here by the soulful "Moving to the Ghetto," a cue that helps anchor the soundtrack's troubling time and place with understated grace. The collection concludes with a rare, remastered performance of Chopin's Mazurka Op. 17, No.4 by Szpilman himself, recorded in Warsaw in 1948. --Jerry McCulley

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Product details

  • Performer: Janusz Olejniczak
  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical / Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007E8SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,820 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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