Author Topic: Maryla Jonas  (Read 1973 times)

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Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

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Maryla Jonas
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:11:52 PM »
Just dug out a couple of old LPs of hers (late 40s, early 50s Columbia 10") after years of neglect. These were among the first LPs I ever bought after I discovered the magic of this format in the early 90s. I knew she was extraordinary even then. I listened again recently and was blown away. I am not much of a Chopin fan really, but I do love the nocturnes, berceuse, and a few other pieces. If you want Chopin pyrotechnics, look elsewhere (I am a big fan of Michelangeli), but you will never hear more heartfelt performances and more beautiful tone on the nocturnes. Her piannissimos are the most delicate, perfect, and virtuosic you will ever hear in this repertoire.

She had a very tragic life--parents, husband, and brothers killed by the Nazis during the invasion of Poland. She fled to Brazil afterward and spent several months in an insane asylum. If it were not for her discovery by Artur Rubinstein, she would probably be totally unknown today. Although she is virtually unknown--another great performer whose work sadly did not make the transition to CD (except for the Pearl reissue, which I believe is out of print).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_EauEL-_oY
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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 02:03:39 AM »
Her Chopin is lovely.
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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 01:13:22 PM »
This is excellent Chopin - loved it!
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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2013, 08:07:42 AM »
just thinking of the mazurkas for the moment,  I think she does really well in  the slower more contemplative mazurkas. There's a disarming candour there and she knd of gives the music meanng. i don't know how.  But when you take a faster, dancier, bumpier mazurkas, it's not so convincing. See what you think, I could be wrong. Compare how she plays op67/4 with Ignaz Friedman, for example. I bet you'll prefer Friedman. but I could be wrong.

Similarly for op 41/4, which seems a bit glib compared with Indjic or Koroliov.
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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 02:00:42 PM »
Anyone get the new box set of her complete recordings? How are the transfers? Who did them?
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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 09:52:51 AM »
Anyone get the new box set of her complete recordings? How are the transfers? Who did them?

The transfers/mixes/mastering were done by Andreas K. Meyer and Rebekah Wineman: https://www.discogs.com/Maryla-Jonas-The-Maryla-Jonas-Story-Her-Complete-Piano-Recordings-Remastered/release/10562120 (scroll down)

Jed Distler wrote the liner notes.
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Re: Maryla Jonas
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 03:10:04 AM »
Anyone get the new box set of her complete recordings? How are the transfers? Who did them?

The transfers on Sony are a revelation I think. Buy it even if you already have the Pearl or amateur transfers which have been circulating on the web.

Having said that I haven't heard this transfer, but it's hard to imagine it's better than the Sony

http://www.78experience.com/welcome.php?mod=disques&collection=70
« Last Edit: August 16, 2017, 03:20:38 AM by Mandryka »
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