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Chopin Prize winner dies

The pianist Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, who came third (to Bella Davidovich and Halina Czery, joint first) in the 1949 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, has died at the age of 83. She enjoyed an international career, mostly in Soviet Bloc countries, and recorded for several labels, including Deutsche Grammophon. You can hear her competition performance here.


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  1. I have her complete Mazurka’s. Absolutely beautiful and articulate. The definitive version imo.

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