Margaret Wacyk

Piano Works

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At first glance, Margaret Wacyk's selections for this 2004 CD seem more than a little eccentric, and far from the safe, consistent fare one usually finds on a debut recording. Though the liner notes give a vague literary rationalization for her choices, a better explanation for Wacyk's varied program would point out her versatility in many styles and emphasize her chameleon-like transformations because she blends into the music at hand with startling swiftness. Her chaste, Classical performance of Clementi's Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 26/2, is far removed from her poetic and sometimes comically grotesque rendition of Schumann's Fantasiestücke, Op. 12; the transition between these composers demonstrates Wacyk's uncanny ability to shed and adopt personae at will. She takes even bigger risks in her reading of Scriabin's Sonata No. 4, a performance that is much slower than expected, but languid in character and enjoyably decadent after the Schumann. Coming last, Chopin's Scherzo, Op. 31/2, appears to give Wacyk yet another disguise, yet it is here where her interpretive skills unite, and one recognizes that her personal style is a fine mix of the different qualities heard before. The sound quality is decent, though a little lacking in depth and resonance.

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