Commissioned for publication in 1941, Homage to Paderewski was intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the Polish statesman and pianist's first US concert tour, with contributions from American-born composers and those who had fled Europe.
Instead, it became his memorial. Plowright's recital frames the original album with other works dedicated to Paderewski. The tone is dreamy at times (Józef Wienawski's "Etude"), at others briskly unsentimental (Martinu's "Mazurka").
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