The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (42): There’s more to Gorecki

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (42): There’s more to Gorecki


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2020

His harpsichord concerto, for instance. Played by a pianist with a Paderewski hairstyle.


  • peter says:

    What a silly coment! And you don’t mention her name…!
    It is Elisabeth Chojnacka (born Elżbieta Ukraińczyk; 10 September 1939 – 28 May 2017) a Polish harpsichordist living in France. She was one of the world’s foremost harpsichordists specializing in the performance of contemporary harpsichord music.

  • MrK says:

    Ain’t that Elżbieta Chojnacka?

  • Fliszt says:

    I believe this is the Polish harpsichordist Elizabeth Chojnacka.

  • john says:

    I don’t know any Paderewki. There’s Paderewski.

  • Ewa says:

    This is Elżbieta Chojnacka, a woman who had even more charisma than my favourite Martha Argerich has…

  • John Borstlap says:

    It is not a concerto for harpsichord and strings, but a piece (not a concerto) for strings with accompaniment of a harpsichord. And it is a very primitive piece, not in the sense of Stravinsky’s primitivism which was a sophisticated, very inventive invocation of primitivism (‘primitive but with all the modern comforts’ as Debussy said), but primitive in the sense of laking ideas and sophistication. One simplistic idea is milked-out till halfway of the piece, the ‘solo instrument’ only perceptable as a noise in the background, then 1 minute where you can actually hear the soloist, then it disappears again in the hammering nonsense till 8:41 with the shortest solo in the repertoire – merely a little fragment – and then, finished. Two ideas in which hardly any thinking has gone, milked-out in fortissimo repetitions, in such unsophisticated way, without any apparant understanding of what a harpsichord is and how it combines with other instruments – it’s not serious. Even for a student the piece would have to be dismissed as incompetent.

  • Brian v says:

    It is not her fault the hairdressers are all closed.
    I get my haircut under the bacon slicer at Sainsbury’s