‘This project to record Leopold Godowsky’s complete piano works began in 1997 and has taken me 26 years to complete. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the largest and most important recording projects of the piano repertoire, through which many works have received their premiere recordings.
This final volume of the series, which is the second volume of the Chopin-Godowsky Studies, is perhaps one of the finest discs of the whole set. Interestingly, its release this year in 2023 also coincides with my 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of my becoming a performing artist. It is a happy coincidence that all these significant dates fit together with the release of the most important project I have ever done for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels.’
– Konstantin Scherbakov
Leopold Godowsky began composing his 53 Studies on the Chopin Études in 1894 when he was only 23, finishing two decades later. His fertile musical imagination and exceptional virtuosity ensure that the studies sound vastly more complex and daringly inventive than Chopin’s original material. Late Romanticism informed Godowsky’s conception and his use of the left hand, for example, reinforces the many demands that he considered necessary for contemporary virtuosity, with music that is fearsomely challenging and boundlessly inventive. This release completes the full set of Études that began with Volume 1 (Marco Polo 8.225372).